dev & soc control- journal 3

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Susan Martinez April 1, 2010 Deviance and Social Control Group 3 Journal: Drugs may cause addiction by ‘remodelling’ brain YAHOO! News article, “Drugs may cause addiction by ‘remodelling’ brain”, claims new research on the pathway to addiction in the brain. Author, Marlowe Hood, discusses the newest study providing evidence that addicts are not just ‘weak-willed’ to the drug, but biologically reprogrammed to cravings for the drug as if it were an innate function of life, such as hunger and thirst. The study was conducted at Brown University in Rhode Island on rats. The scientists administered the drug, morphine, and immediately noticed a change in the synapses, neural pathways, of the brain. As the study continued, they were able to realize, “the change persisted long after the effects of the drug had worn off” (Drugs may cause addiction by ‘remodelling’ brain). This brought up the possibility of ‘long-term potentiation’; the idea that inhibitory synapses have the ability to strengthen and change over time. This was apparent in the animals as
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This note was uploaded on 02/15/2012 for the course SOC 0471 taught by Professor Romesberg during the Spring '09 term at Pittsburgh.

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