The Chemistry of Addiction [11:49]

Description

Addiction is all in our brains…. specifically the limbic system, the reward center of the brain.  This video begin by discussing why our brains misfire and end up getting addicted, but soon focuses on the how of addiction, such as neurotransmitters like dopamine.  It also discusses issues like drug tolerance; behaviorial compulsions and addictions; and the differences between drugs like opiates, alcohol, nicotine, amphetamines, and others.

Discussion Questions

  • What happens in our brains when we get addicted to something?
  • Why is addiction bad?  Is it always bad?
  • Have you ever been addicted to something?
  • How can we enjoy things like the internet or sugary foods without getting addicted to them?

Keywords: addiction, psychology, drugs, internet, alcohol, neurology, neuroscience, neurotransmitters

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