What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains

Most of us are on the Internet on a daily basis and whether we like it or not, the Internet is affecting us. It changes how we ...

May 9

Categories: Addictions, Adult ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ...

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Pathological gambling caused by excessive optimism

Compulsive gamblers suffer from an optimism bias that modifies their subjective representation of probability and affects their decisions in situations involving high-risk monetary wagers. This is the conclusion drawn by Jean-Claude Dreher’s ...

Apr 30

Categories: Addictions, Gambling Addiction

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Early dialogue between parents and children most effective in ...

Early, substantive dialogue between parents and their grade-school age children about the ills of tobacco and alcohol use can be more powerful in shaping teen behavior than advertising, marketing or peer pressure, a University of Texas at Arlington ...

Apr 26

Categories: Addictions

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Anti-Smoking Ads with Strong Arguments, Not Flashy Editing, Trigger ...

Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have shown that an area of the brain that initiates behavioral changes had greater activation in smokers who watched anti-smoking ads with strong arguments versus ...

Apr 24

Categories: Addictions

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Children and Teens with Autism More Likely to Become Preoccupied with ...

Children and teens with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) use screen-based media, such as television and video games, more often than their typically developing peers and are more likely to develop problematic video game habits, a University of ...

Apr 18

Categories: Addictions, Autism spectrum disorders

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Why people can’t stop after eating one potato chip

The results of a recent research paper presented shed light on the causes of a condition called "hedonic hyperphagia", a condition that affects hundreds of millions of people around the world. In simpler terms, the condition refers to eating to ...

Apr 13

Categories: Addictions

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Teenage smoking behavior influenced by friends' and parents' smoking ...

The company you keep in junior high school may have more influence on your smoking behavior than your high school friends, according to newly published research from the University of Southern California (USC). The study, which appears in the April ...

Apr 13

Categories: Addictions

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Alcohol Use, Anxiety Predict Facebook Use by College Students, MU ...

With nearly one billion users worldwide, Facebook has become a daily activity for hundreds of millions of people. Because so many people engage with the website daily, researchers are interested in how emotionally involved Facebook users become ...

Apr 11

Categories: Addictions

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Laser Light Zaps Away Cocaine Addiction

By stimulating one part of the brain with laser light, researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at UC San Francisco (UCSF) have shown that they can wipe away addictive behavior in rats - ...

Apr 4

Categories: Addictions, Drug Addiction

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Dating in middle school leads to higher dropout, drug-use rates

Students who date in middle school have significantly worse study skills, are four times more likely to drop out of school and report twice as much alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use than their single classmates, according to new research from the ...

Mar 18

Categories: Addictions, Child Development, Drug Addiction

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Discovery could yield treatments for cocaine addicts

Scientists have discovered a molecular process in the brain triggered by cocaine use that could provide a target for treatments to prevent or reverse addiction to the drug. Reporting in the Journal of Neuroscience, Michigan State University ...

Mar 18

Categories: Addictions

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If You Are Impulsive, Take Modafinil and Count to Ten

Poor impulse control contributes to one's inability to control the consumption of rewarding substances, like food, alcohol, and other drugs. This can lead to the development of addiction. FDA-approved medications for alcoholism, like naltrexone ...

Feb 4

Categories: Addictions, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Drug ...

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Socially Isolated Rats are More Vulnerable to Addiction, Report ...

Rats that are socially isolated during a critical period of adolescence are more vulnerable to addiction to amphetamine and alcohol, found researchers at The University of Texas at Austin. Amphetamine addiction is also harder to extinguish in the ...

Jan 24

Categories: Addictions, Social Isolation

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Graphic warnings on cigarettes effective across demographic groups

Quitting smoking is a common New Year's resolution for Americans each year, but research has repeatedly shown it is not an easy task. Some groups, such as racial/ethnic minorities, have an even harder time quitting. New research suggests ...

Jan 15

Categories: Addictions

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Impaired executive function may exacerbate impulsiveness and risk of ...

Executive function (EF), frequently associated with the frontal lobes, guides complex behavior such as planning, decision-making, and response control. EF impairment due to alcohol dependence (AD) has been linked to alcohol's toxic effects on the ...

Dec 17

Categories: Addictions

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