In order to better understand addiction we need to understand basic bio-psychological associations, such as the way neurons work, heritability, psycho-social factors and empirical laws of choice. This course aims to explore addiction from these perspectives. Topics include: theories of addiction, neuroscience of addiction, personality, mood and addiction and intervention approaches. Each topic will be reviewed in depth focusing on key psychological concepts and their putative neurobiological substrates.

In addition, contemporary research techniques and findings will be considered and assessed. We will discuss addiction at many levels ranging from their effect on the nervous system to their effect on society. Students will also have the opportunity to see how one of most recent intervention approaches, neurofeedback, is used in treatment of addiction. No previous experience is required for the course.

Ewert Place, Oxford, UK