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Processes of addiction and recreational use of cocaine.

Barnardo, L.; (2005) Processes of addiction and recreational use of cocaine. Doctoral thesis , University of London. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper reviews recent gains in knowledge of addiction, with particular reference to cocaine. It starts by considering the history and prevalence both of recreational cocaine and chronic abuse. It goes on to describe what is known about acute cocaine action in the human brain, before reviewing developments in theories and models of processes in addiction. It concludes by discussing how current models do not yet account for ongoing, stable and controlled social use of cocaine, and suggests that tools used to measure inhibitory control and incentive sensitisation might be used to assess these attributes in recreational cocaine users in order to gain insights into controlled use as well as to further understandings of addiction processes.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Processes of addiction and recreational use of cocaine.
Identifier: PQ ETD:591817
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1444511
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