Just Can’t Get Enough: Addiction & the Brain

May 4, 2016


Only a small percentage of people who try an illicit drug will go on to develop addiction. What makes one more vulnerable to addiction than another? Theories abound, from troubled childhoods to work stress to genetics. Psychiatrist Edmund Griffin explains how epidemiology, cocaine-addicted rats, and molecular neuroscience all help to shed light on one society’s most troubling questions: Why is it that some people just can’t get enough?

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About the Speaker

Edmund Griffin

Edmund Griffin is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Division of Neurobiology, Brain and Behavior in the Department of Psychiatry Columbia University. His research focuses on how environmental exposures alter the brain and increase vulnerability to compulsive drug use.


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