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Addiction and Responsibility$
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Jeffrey Poland and George Graham

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015509

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015509.001.0001

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Drug Addiction as Incentive Sensitization

Drug Addiction as Incentive Sensitization

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Addiction and Responsibility

Kent C. Berridge

Terry E. Robinson

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on and provides a general overview of the incentive-sensitization theory of addiction. Through the years, it has been gradually recognized that drugs can cause complex changes in the brains of susceptible individuals, and that these changes contribute to the transition to addiction. Multiple symptoms of addiction are caused by these drug-induced changes that alter various psychological processes. The incentive-sensitization theory of addiction maintains that the most significant of these psychological changes is the persistent “sensitization” or hypersensitivity to the incentive motivational effects of drugs and drug-associated stimuli. Additional views are offered regarding related issues that may have relevance to philosophical analyses, some excerpted from essays on the concept of incentive salience for philosophers and psychologists.

Keywords:   incentive-sensitization theory, drugs, transition to addiction, drug-induced changes, incentive motivational effects, drug-associated stimuli, incentive salience

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