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What Is Addiction?

Don Ross, Harold Kincaid, David Spurrett, and Peter Collins


The image of the addict in popular culture combines victimhood and moral failure; we sympathize with addicts in films and novels because of their suffering and their hard-won knowledge. And yet actual scientific knowledge about addiction tends to undermine this cultural construct. In this book, addiction researchers from neuroscience, psychology, genetics, philosophy, economics, and other fields survey findings in addiction science. They discuss such questions as whether addiction is one kind of condition, or several; if it is neurophysiological, psychological, social, or incorporates aspects ... More

Keywords: neuroscience, psychology, genetics, philosophy, economics, addict responsibility, health policies, regulatory policies, inheritance, pathological gambling

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780262513111
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262513111.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Don Ross, editor

Harold Kincaid, editor

David Spurrett, editor

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Front Matter

Introduction: What Is Addiction?

Don Ross, and Harold Kincaid

2 Neurobiology of Pathological Gambling

Jennifer D. Bellegarde, and Marc N. Potenza

3 Genetic Influences on Addiction: Alcoholism as an Exemplar

James MacKillop, John E. McGeary, and Lara A. Ray

7 Addiction and Altruism

Howard Rachlin

9 Measuring Dispositions to Bundle Choices

David Spurrett, and Ben Murrell

10 Neural Recruitment during Self-Control of Smoking: A Pilot fMRI Study

John R. Monterosso, Traci Mann, Andrew Ward, George Ainslie, Jennifer Bramen, Arthur Brody, and Edythe D. London

11 Anticipatory Processing as a Transdisciplinary Bridge in Addiction

Mark S. Goldman, Jack Darkes, Richard R. Reich, and Karen O. Brandon

13 Medical Models of Addiction

Harold Kincaid, and Jacqueline A. Sullivan

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