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The Addictive Brain Lecture

The Addictive Brain

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Publisher's Summary

Addiction is a problem that affects everyone - even if we haven't experienced addiction ourselves, we all know someone who has. Unfortunately many sources of information about addiction seem inaccessible or irrelevant because they present vague or false science, they present accurate science in an excessively complicated way, or they are more moralistic than informative.

Addiction is sometimes viewed as a failure of character or will or morality. But neuroscience offers a very different picture - one that can inform how we, as individuals and as a society, treat addicts and the problems caused by addiction. These 12 eye-opening lectures will show you that addiction is a scientifically understandable problem that has its origins in neurobiology and genetics.

The Addictive Brain is a fair and balanced investigation of addiction, backed by hard science and behavioral science. Most of us have probably seen the old antidrug commercial in which an actor compares your brain on drugs to an egg sizzling in a hot frying pan. That's a powerful image, but it doesn't tell us what actually happens when drugs enter your body and interact with neurochemical processes.

Professor Polk gives you a comprehensive but concise survey of addiction and the major drugs of abuse, highlighting the differing neurological effects of stimulants, opioids, and more. He also delves into the world of behavioral addictions, such as gambling and compulsive video gaming, which, neurologically, operate very similarly to drug addiction. This course will clearly and compassionately inform you on what addiction means scientifically, socially, and behaviorally.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2015 The Great Courses (P)2015 The Teaching Company, LLC

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    Mark 02/03/2016
    Mark 02/03/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellant"

    From a person who had issues with a lot of these types of things and the way they can make you feel, it's comforting to understand the process.

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    Chris 28/08/2015
    Chris 28/08/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Very good!"

    A lovely introduction to addiction and neuroscience. The information was brilliant, as was the performance.

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    carlos 31/07/2015
    carlos 31/07/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "A must read"

    It gives you information that helps you understand addiction and it is easy to understand. You get lots of examples and application suggestions.

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  • Harriet Meikle
    United Kingdom
    24/03/15
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    "Enlightening and absorbing."

    This course exceeded my expectations and has given me insight into understanding the problems and difficulties of those trying to recover from addictions of any kind. I am inspired to listen to it again as it has equipped me to grasp the reasons why recovery from addiction, of many kinds, is so seemingly impossible for some sufferers and knowing what I now know I can be support with confidence and genuine hope. Thank you .

    50 of 51 people found this review helpful
  • Charles
    Hyde Park, UT, United States
    28/03/15
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    "Great book for anyone"

    I have a family member who has a major addiction problem and was listening to this to better understand that person. I walked away understanding myself far better. Very very fascinating book if you are an inquisitive person. It's like a feast of interesting information that applies to yourself whether it's behavioral addiction or a medical addiction. Cool course.

    47 of 48 people found this review helpful
  • marilyn popko
    16/03/15
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    "Excellent."

    I've been a psychotherapist for over 30 years. I've been studying and thinking about this stuff for over 40 years. This guy has a clarity that is admirable and a slant on the material that is novel. I never read or listen to books more than once any more. This one made me think. I WILL listen to it again.

    65 of 68 people found this review helpful
  • Kyle P. Martin
    12/05/15
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    "Biology of Addictions"

    Good course. The lectures are given mostly from the perspective of biology or physiology, but also touches on the psychology of it. Presented well, but I was hoping for more a more in depth look at gambling, pornography, and video games. Ironically, these 3 things he covers only briefly at the very end of the course. That being said, it's still a great course about why people become addicted.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • shaina pauley
    27/03/15
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    "Enjoyed it!!"

    Very interesting, it kept my attention.
    I found a lot of insight into the processes of the brain regarding addiction.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Alifa
    Jerusalem, Israel
    20/06/15
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    "The addictive brain"

    A wonderful and informative overview of addiction that covers drugs like opiates, amphetamines, alcohol and nicotine, as well as compulsive behaviors like gambling. Not only did I learn a vast amount about the neurological implications of addiction, I became more sensitive to the struggles of addicts to change their behavior. An excellent investment of my time.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Amir
    17/03/15
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    "Very educational"

    Probably the most sized interesting book I have listened so far with perfect tonality which keeps it interesting to listen yet so many details in the story that are easy to remember...

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Diana
    Russell Springs, KY, USA
    14/05/15
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    "Very informative"

    I thought this was very good in presentation and content. It was detailed & scientific enough to be very thorough without going over your head.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Jackson
    5/05/15
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    "Great insight"

    There are a lot of scientific explanations which provide insight into why brains get addicted, and some but not much on cessation

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew Bukovicky
    27/04/15
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    "Very interesting and in depth"

    His was an extraordinary in depth study of the brain, substances and how everything interacted with each other. Wonderful course to listen too. Also offers nice tips on how to combat certain types of addiction.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • chatbear1
    5/02/16
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    "a good lidten"

    Although a bit repefatave ,this was the authors point.all addiction have the same points.my intetetest was keptefin the subect well,with the quality of delivery

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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