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The Craving Brain: The Neuroscience of Uncontrollable Urges

Full Program: 2014 World Science Festival | 01:27:24

Original Program Date: Saturday, May 31, 2014

Featuring Psychiatrist Nora D. Volkow, Chemist Kim D. Janda, Neuroscientist, Professor of Psychiatry Eric Nestler, and Psychiatrist, Neuroscientist Amir Levine with ABC News Anchor Elizabeth Vargas Moderating

When we try to get rid of a bad habit, whether it involves food or drugs or gambling, it often seems like we're fighting ourselves inside. The reality's not far off: Addiction twists the reward pathways of the brain to keep addicts tied to whatever gets them high. But can we use our knowledge of the brain to undo these neurological knots? Watch psychiatrist Nora Volkow, chemist Kim Janda, and neuroscientists Eric Nestler and Amir Levine explain the latest thinking in the science of addiction in the mind in "The Craving Brain: The Neuroscience of Uncontrollable Urges," a program of the 2014 World Science Festival.

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Elizabeth Vargas

ABC News Anchor
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Nora D. Volkow

Psychiatrist
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Kim D. Janda

Chemist
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Eric Nestler

Neuroscientist, Professor of Psychiatry
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Amir Levine

Psychiatrist, Neuroscientist
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6 comments
LaurenDoninger
LaurenDoninger

I am hoping to find a closed caption version of the session to make it accessible to deaf students. Is this available? thanks.

kper61
kper61

On March 7, 2014 I lost my first born child to a heroin overdose. He was raised in a very nice, middle class neighborhood, attended a competitive high school, and two universities. Since then I've been working hard to not blame myself or him. I've spent hours and hours watching documentaries, reading books, talking to professionals and other parents. Thank you for this insightful piece - so non-judgmental and compassionate. The biggest revelation for me was hearing of the strong link between childhood mental health issues and addiction. My son was extremely shy and introverted his entire life and ultimately diagnosed with social anxiety disorder as an adult. I only wish I had known more about mental health and addiction when he was younger.

kasia53
kasia53

Fabulous session-didn't plan on watching it all tonight, but couldn't stop:) Extremely informative and learned much more than I imagined or realized with progress.  Great panel; each contributed a unique perspective.  Thanks again for another educational session.


Jill Johnsen
Jill Johnsen

A geat discussion about a complex issue...I feel clearer about the mechanisms driving addiction: more informed regarding the mix of physiological and psychological components.

Attila Szonyi
Attila Szonyi

Absolutely a fantastic post. Watched all of the video, beginning to end. So packed with knowledge about drug effects on neuro-plasticity, gene expression . Thanks for sharing, Lynn Trepicchio .