Neurobiology of Addiction
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BACK COVER #Neurobiology of Addiction is conceived as a current survey and synthesis of the most important findings in our understanding of the neurobiological mechanisms of addiction over the past 50 years. The book includes a scholarly introduction, thorough descriptions of animal models of addiction, and separate chapters on the neurobiological mechanisms of addiction for psycho-stimulants, opioids, alcohol, nicotine and cannabinoids. Key information is provided about the history, sources, pharmacokinetics, and psychopathology of addiction for each drug class, as well as the behavioral and neurobiological mechanism of action at the molecular, cellular and neurocircuitry level of analysis. A chapter on neuroimaging and drug addiction provides a synthesis of exciting new data from neuroimaging in human addicts--a unique perspective unavailable from animal studies. The final chapters explore theories of addiction at the neurobiological and neuroadaptational level both from a historical and integrative perspective.