Navigation Links
UC Berkeley findings offer new clues into the addicted brain
Date:10/30/2011

What drives addicts to repeatedly choose drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, overeating, gambling or kleptomania, despite the risks involved?

Neuroscientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have pinpointed the exact locations in the brain where calculations are made that can result in addictive and compulsive behavior.

UC Berkeley researchers have found how neural activity in the brain's orbitofrontal and anterior cingulate cortex regulates our choices. These astonishing new findings could pave the way for more targeted treatments for everything from drug and alcohol abuse to obsessive-compulsive disorders.

'The better we understand our decision-making brain circuitry, the better we can target treatment, whether it's pharmaceutical, behavioral or deep brain stimulation," said Jonathan Wallis, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at UC Berkeley and the principal investigator of the study to be published in the Oct. 30 online issue of the journal Nature Neuroscience.

Wallis was inspired to look into the brain mechanism behind substance abuse when he observed the lengths to which addicts will go to fulfill their cravings, despite the downside of their habit: He asked, "What has the drug done to their brains that makes it so difficult for them not to make that choice? What is preventing them from making the healthier choice?"

In the new study, he and fellow researchers targeted the orbitofrontal cortex and anterior cingulate cortex - two areas in the frontal brain -- because previous research has shown that patients with damage to these areas of the brain are impaired in the choices they make. While these individuals may appear perfectly normal on the surface, they routinely make decisions that create chaos in their lives. A similar dynamic has been observed in chronic drug addicts, alcoholics and people with obsessive-compulsive tendencies.

"They get divorced, quit their jobs, lose th
'/>"/>

Contact: Yasmin Anwar
yanwar@berkeley.edu
510-643-7944
University of California - Berkeley
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Berkeley Lab researchers apply NMR/MRI to microfluidic chromatography
2. Berkeley Lab scientists find that normal breast cells help kill cancer cells
3. UCSF, UC Berkeley join forces to advance frontier of brain repair
4. Conference highlights UC Berkeleys unique approach to green chemistry
5. Firefly glow: Berkeley Lab scientists develop a hydrogen peroxide probe based on firefly luciferin
6. Berkeley study shows ozone and nicotine a bad combination for asthma
7. UC Berkeley psychologists bring science of happiness to China
8. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and OpenHelixTM Announce an Updated Free Tutorial Suite for VISTA: Tools for Comparative Genomics
9. New findings contradict dominant theory in Alzheimers disease
10. Python Findings Shed Light on Human Heart Health
11. Contrary to earlier findings, excess body fat in elderly decreases life expectancy
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/22/2015)... U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention is pleased to announce that Gigi ... North Carolina State’s College of Veterinary Medicine has been ... Distinguished Volunteer Service—the organization’s highest award. , Since ... experts to direct its work to improve the health ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... California (PRWEB) January 22, 2015 The City of ... at 10 a.m., to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme ... States. , “It’s been 42 years since the Roe vs. Wade ... is still as present as ever,” said City of West Hollywood ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... Padre Murphy's and Owner Tom Boyle in ... Player Health Alliance (PPHA). The PPHA's passion for others' ... including NFL greats, treated for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has ... the cause in the valley. The most recent plans for ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... Angelweddingdress is a famous wedding dress company offering ... follow it on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. The fans will ... draws a lottery every week. , Moreover, the company has ... Click Angelweddingdress homepage for more information. , ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... York (PRWEB) January 22, 2015 The federal ... in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia ... Inc. in that proceeding’s first bellwether trial. In an Order ... a new trial after finding that C.R. Bard had not ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Gigi Davidson, Pioneer in Veterinary Pharmacy and Leader in Pharmacy Compounding, honored with USP’s Beal Award for Dedication to Public Health 2Health News:Gigi Davidson, Pioneer in Veterinary Pharmacy and Leader in Pharmacy Compounding, honored with USP’s Beal Award for Dedication to Public Health 3Health News:Gigi Davidson, Pioneer in Veterinary Pharmacy and Leader in Pharmacy Compounding, honored with USP’s Beal Award for Dedication to Public Health 4Health News:Padre Murphy's Holds NFL Retired Players Association Party Star Studded Event With Bud Light and Pro Player Health Alliance Sponsoring 2Health News:Padre Murphy's Holds NFL Retired Players Association Party Star Studded Event With Bud Light and Pro Player Health Alliance Sponsoring 3Health News:Angelweddingdress Invites Its Customers To Follow It On Facebook, Twitter, And Pinterest 2Health News:Court Upholds $2 Million Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Verdict Levied Against C.R. Bard in First Federal Bellwether Trial, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports 2Health News:Court Upholds $2 Million Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Verdict Levied Against C.R. Bard in First Federal Bellwether Trial, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports 3Health News:Court Upholds $2 Million Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Verdict Levied Against C.R. Bard in First Federal Bellwether Trial, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports 4
... and Updates on Key Discoveries, Plus Panel Discussion ... Internationally renowned physician-scientists will discuss the rapidly ... important recent discoveries in translational cancer research, during ... Foundation Clinical Investigator Symposium. The April ...
... CINCINNATI, April 23 Kendle (Nasdaq: KNDL ... quarter 2009 financial results after the market closes on ... telephone conference call and simultaneous webcast on Thursday, May ... answer session will follow.(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080923/CLTU095LOGO ...
... Symmetry Medical Inc. (NYSE: SMA ), a ... industry and other medical markets, announced today that it will ... April 4, 2009 before the market opens on Thursday, May ... at 8:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, May 7, 2009. A ...
... 23 Pharmacy benefit manager Prime Therapeutics (Prime) announced ... Cities Start! Heart Walk. Prime is participating both as ... base includes 11 Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans. ... "Prime has a deep commitment to improving the health ...
... facilities offering weight loss surgery, more people choosing ... offering surgical weight loss programs have increased dramatically ... important than ever to know which ones produce ... undergoing weight loss surgery at facilities designated as ...
... Decision Resources, Gold-Standard Status in 2017 for the ... to a New Report from Decision ResourcesWALTHAM, Mass., ... world,s leading research and advisory firms for pharmaceutical ... a therapy,s effect on mortality as the attribute ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Reminder: Top Physician-Scientists Discuss State of Cancer Research at Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Symposium 2Health News:Reminder: Top Physician-Scientists Discuss State of Cancer Research at Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Symposium 3Health News:Reminder: Top Physician-Scientists Discuss State of Cancer Research at Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Symposium 4Health News:Kendle Announces First Quarter 2009 Earnings Conference Call and Webcast 2Health News:Symmetry Medical to Report First Quarter 2009 Financial Results on May 7, 2009 2Health News:Patients Had Fewer Infection Rates, Fewer Complications at Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery(R), According to HealthCore Study 2Health News:Patients Had Fewer Infection Rates, Fewer Complications at Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery(R), According to HealthCore Study 3Health News:Patients Had Fewer Infection Rates, Fewer Complications at Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery(R), According to HealthCore Study 4Health News:For ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI), Interviewed Experts Indicate That The Medicines Company's Angiomax/Angiox Has Efficacy Advantages Over Sales-Leading ReoPro 2Health News:For ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI), Interviewed Experts Indicate That The Medicines Company's Angiomax/Angiox Has Efficacy Advantages Over Sales-Leading ReoPro 3
(Date:1/22/2015)... 22, 2015  Profil Institute for Clinical Research, Inc., a ... announced today a new textbook,  Translational Research Methods for ... a leading global scientific publisher. The textbook ... for use in early phase clinical studies of new ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... 2015 Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/3h534b/infectious ) ... Diagnostics Market by Product, Application, Technology, End User - ... , The infectious disease diagnostics market is ... $18,156.2 million by 2019 from $12,422.8 million in 2014. ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... , Jan. 22, 2015 Research and Markets ( ... Diagnostics Market by Allergen Source, Product & by End User ... The global allergy diagnostics market is valued ... at a CAGR of 12.67%, to reach $2,230.72 million by ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:New Textbook "Translational Research Methods for Diabetes, Obesity and Cardiometabolic Drug Development" Provides Critical Review Of Current And Emerging Clinical Investigation Methods 2New Textbook "Translational Research Methods for Diabetes, Obesity and Cardiometabolic Drug Development" Provides Critical Review Of Current And Emerging Clinical Investigation Methods 3Global Infectious Disease Diagnostics (Instruments, Reagents, Services, Software) Market - Forecast to 2019 2Global Infectious Disease Diagnostics (Instruments, Reagents, Services, Software) Market - Forecast to 2019 3Global Allergy Diagnostics (Immunoassay Analyzer, Luminometer, Assay Kit, Consumables) Market - Forecast to 2019 2Global Allergy Diagnostics (Immunoassay Analyzer, Luminometer, Assay Kit, Consumables) Market - Forecast to 2019 3
... NEW YORK, June 8, 2011 Reportlinker.com ... is available in its catalogue: ... 2011 http://www.reportlinker.com/p0548295/Asia-Pacific-Markets-for-Patient-Monitoring-Devices-2011.html?utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=NoCategory ... monitoring market is expected to exceed $598 ...
... 8, 2011 Reportlinker.com announces that ... available in its catalogue: ... Analysis, Competitive Landscape and Market Forecasts ... http://www.reportlinker.com/p0548454/Neurostimulation-Devices---Global-Pipeline-Analysis-Competitive-Landscape-and-Market-Forecasts-to-2017.html?utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=NoCategory Neurostimulation Devices ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Reportlinker Adds Asia-Pacific Markets for Patient Monitoring Devices 2011 2Reportlinker Adds Neurostimulation Devices - Global Pipeline Analysis, Competitive Landscape and Market Forecasts to 2017 2Reportlinker Adds Neurostimulation Devices - Global Pipeline Analysis, Competitive Landscape and Market Forecasts to 2017 3
The Antibacterial Personal Catheter® features a unique silicone composition that provides an antibacterial coated soft outer layer of silicone combined with a firm inner layer....
The Gizmo male external catheter is a latex catheter that uses a single-sided adhesive strip....
... line of Personal Catheters® ... you would choose for ... configurations - standard, antibacterial, ... - are based on ...
Active Cath is a latex, self-adhering, one piece catheter designed for extended wear. It combines a shortened latex sheath with a wide adhesive seal....
Medicine Products: