The Neuroscience of pleasure, reward and addiction

Susannah Tye, Irina Pollard

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Abstract

Certain areas of our brain regulate and reinforce behaviours that are pleasurable or rewarding. On the whole, this mechanism encourages us to repeat behaviours that are beneficial to our wellbeing (i.e. eating). Non-life enhancing substances, including certain drugs, can however, alter these mechanisms, which may over time ultimately lead to drug abuse and addiction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Cross-cultural introduction to bioethics
EditorsDarryl R. J Macer
Place of PublicationChristchurch, N.Z.
PublisherEubios Ethics Institute
Pages235-240
ISBN (Print)0908897235
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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