PSYC E-1420 Addiction
Spring term 2018 CRN 24699
This course is a research-based account of addiction, focused largely on drug addictions. The course topics include the history of drug use, drug use patterns, the opioid epidemic, demographic correlates of addiction, and treatment strategies. The readings and lectures stress the idea that to understand addiction it is essential to understand the basic psychological and biological processes underpinning it, including how people make choices, how genes influence behavior, and how neurons work. The course draws on research in psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics.