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Christopher Ross Nov 9, 2011 WRA 110 Sec 742 Abstract 3 Word Count: 180 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, Nikhil Swaminathan discusses how scientists have recently found a “reset switch” in mice that allows them to return to pre-addiction state following a long period of addiction. The author’s intended audience is the scientific community interested in the future treatments of drug addition.
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Unformatted text preview: Swaminathan explains that mice were given methamphetamines and a fluorescent tracer dye that displayed areas of suppressed activity within specific areas of the brain ranging from the cortex to the striatum. The scientist’s findings were that when the mice were administered a single dose of it after being in a state of withdrawal the normal function did return. Nigel Bamford from the University of Washington School of Medicine also explains 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.”...
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