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Christopher Ross Nov 16, 2011 WRA 110 Sec 742 Abstract 3 Final Word Count: 179 Swaminathan, Nikhil. "Can the Brain Be Rebooted to Stop Drug Addiction?: Scientific American." Scientific American, 10 Apr. 2008. Web. 08 Nov. 2011. <http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=can-the-brain-be- rebooted-to>. An Abstract about Rebooting the Brain to Stop Drug Addiction. In “Can the Brain Be Rebooted to Stop Drug Addiction?” a Scientific American article, scientists have recently found a “reset switch” area in the brain of the mice that is associated with habit-forming behavior. The intended audience is the scientific community interested in the future treatments of drug addition. In the article scientists gave mice methamphetamines for two weeks and examined
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Unformatted text preview: their brain using a fluorescent tracer dye that displayed areas of suppressed activity in the striatum of the brain. Swaminathan explains that after the mice displayed suppressed levels of activity from withdrawal they were given another dose of methamphetamines resulting in a reset of the brain’s neurotransmitters to pre-addictive levels. Nigel Bamford from the University of Washington School of Medicine also states that “if similar changes occur in humans, it will indicate that an effective way to fight addiction may be to design therapies that target the affected area-the striatum, a forebrain region that controls movement but also has been linked to habit-forming behavior.” (Swaminathan, Par. 3)...
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