Nicotine Addiction: Collection V (NIDA Notes)

Article 1: Damage to Brain Area May Immediately Halt Cigarette Addiction; Article 2: Prenatal Nicotine Exposure May Damage Receptors That Influence Auditory Processing; and Article 3: Imaging Studies Elucidate Neurobiology of Cigarette Craving

About the Course:

This course is based on three NIDA Notes articles. NIDA Notes is a large collection of brief, relevant articles focusing on current drug abuse treatment evidence.

Damage to Brain Area May Immediately Halt Cigarette Addiction
explains how patients with injury to the insula lost the urge to smoke.

Prenatal Nicotine Exposure May Damage Receptors That Influence Auditory Processing
describes how tests correlate biochemical abnormality with deficits in rats’ responses to sounds.

Imaging Studies Elucidate Neurobiology of Cigarette Craving
recalls how researchers observe brain circuit activation and rapid receptor occupation.

All three articles are contained in one PDF.

Journal/Publisher:

NIDA

Publication Date:

April 2009; and December 2008

Authors

Lori Whitten; NIDA Notes Staff

About the Authors:

Lori Whitten is a NIDA Notes staff writer.

No additional information given.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about how damage to a brain area may immediately halt cigarette addiction; how prenatal nicotine exposure may damage receptors that influence auditory processing, and how imaging studies elucidate neurobiology of cigarette craving. It is appropriate for introductory to intermediate levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify how patients with injury to the insula lost the urge to smoke.

  2. Explain how prenatal nicotine exposure may damage receptors that influence auditory processing.

  3. Acknowledge how imaging studies elucidate the neurobiology of cigarette craving.

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