For the first time, research on implicit cognitive processes relevant for the understanding of addictive behaviors and their prevention or treatment is brought together in one volume! The Handbook of Implicit Cognition and Addiction features the work of an internationally renowned group of contributing North American and European authors who draw together developments in basic research on implicit cognition with recent developments in addiction research. Editors Reinout W. Wiers and Alan W. Stacy examine recent findings from a variety of disciplines including basic memory and experimental psychology, experimental psychopathology, emotion, and neurosciences.

Addiction and Learning in the Brain

Addiction and Learning in the Brain

Addiction and learning in the brain

Abstract: Addiction can be viewed as a maladaptive form of learning. This chapter discusses the relevant types of learning implicated in addiction and their neural substrates. First, we describe the associative structures of various learning processes—abstract descriptions of the content of learning based on behavioral studies. We then attempt to link various types of adaptive behavior and their modification by distinct learning processes to specific neural substrates. In particular, we argue that parallel but interacting cortico-basal ganglia networks in the cerebrum provide the neural implementations of associative structures from learning theory, and that abnormal interactions between these networks could result in addictive behavior. Finally, we discuss the implications of such a conceptual framework for ...

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