Cognitive, Clinical, and Neural Aspects of Drug Addiction

Cognitive, Clinical, and Neural Aspects of Drug Addiction

1st Edition - January 10, 2020

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  • Author: Ahmed Moustafa
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128169803
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128169797

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Drug addictions are often difficult to treat. The most successful treatments begin with studying why individuals become addicted to drugs and how to change their thinking and behaviour. Cognitive, Clinical, and Neural Aspects of Drug Addiction focuses on the theories that cause drug addiction, including avoidance behavior, self-medication, reward sensitization, behavioral inhibition and impulsivity. Dr. Moustafa takes this book one step further by reviewing the psychological and neural causes of relapse including the role of stress, anxiety and depression. By examining both the causes of drug addiction and relapse, this book will help clinicians create individualized treatment options for patients suffering from drug addiction.

Key Features

  • Identifies key factors contributing to addiction, including stress, anxiety and depression
  • Reviews inhibition and impulsivity in drug use
  • Assesses the cognitive underpinnings of behavioral choices in addiction
  • Discusses the argument of self-medication vs. reward sensitization
  • Examines the psychological causes of why patients relapse


Researchers and clinicians in psychiatry and psychology treating patients with addiction disorder

Table of Contents

  • 1. Learning from aversive vs. appetitive outcome in drug addiction
    2. The role of contextual processes in drug use and relapse
    3. Avoidance behavior in addiction
    4. Behavioral inhibition and impulsivity as factors underlying drug use
    5. Delay, probability and effort discounting underlying addictive behaviors
    6. The varieties of risk taking behaviors in drug abuse
    7. Extinction learning in addiction: relevance to cue exposure therapy
    8. The psychological causes of relapse
    9. Future thinking and intolerance of uncertainty in addiction
    10. The bidirectional relationship between depression and addiction
    11. The role of stress and anxiety in drug use and relapse
    12. The effect of trauma on drug use
    13. Theories of Addiction: self-medication vs. reward sensitization
    14. Summary and future directions in addiction research

Product details

  • No. of pages: 340
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: January 10, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128169803
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128169797

About the Author

Ahmed Moustafa

Dr. Ahmed Moustafa is a Professor of Psychology and Computational Modeling at School of Psychology, Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Prior to moving to Bond University, Ahmed was an associate professor in Psychology and Neuroscience at Marcs Institute for Brain, Behavior, and Development & School of Psychology, Western Sydney University. Ahmed is trained in computer science, psychology, neuroscience, and cognitive science. His early training took place at Cairo University in mathematics and computer science. Before joining Western Sydney University as a lab director, Ahmed spent 11 years in America working on several psychology and neuroscience projects. Ahmed conducts research on computational and neuropsychological studies of addiction, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, depression, Alzheimer’s disease. He has published over 240 papers in high-ranking journals including Science, PNAS, Journal of Neuroscience, Brain, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, Nature (Parkinson’s disease), Neuron, among others. Ahmed has obtained grant funding from Australia, USA, Qatar, UAE, Turkey, and other countries. Ahmed has recently published ten books: (1) Computational models of brain and behavior; (2) Social Cognition in Psychosis, (3) computational Neuroscience Models of the Basal Ganglia, (4) Cognitive, Clinical, and Neural Aspects of Drug Addiction; (5) The Nature of Depression: An updated review; (6) Big data in psychiatry and neurology; (7) Alzheimer’s Disease: Understanding Biomarkers, Big Data, and Therapy. Elsevier; (8) Cognitive and Behavioral Dysfunction in Schizophrenia; (9) Female Pioneers from Ancient Egypt and the Middle East; and (10) Mental health effects of COVID-19. In the last 10 years, Ahmed has published collaboratively with 71 colleagues, has more than 510 co-authors, from 35 institutions in 14 countries. Ahmed is now Editor-in-Chief of Discover Psychology, a new journal by Springer Nature.

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Psychology, Faculty of Society and Design, Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

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