Imaging the Addicted Brain

Imaging the Addicted Brain

1st Edition - August 5, 2016

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  • Editors: Natalie Zahr, Eric Peterson
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128039397
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128039144

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Imaging the Addicted Brain, the latest volume in the International Review of Neurobiology series will appeal to neuroscientists, clinicians, psychologists, physiologists, and pharmacologists. Led by an internationally renowned editorial board, this important serial publishes both eclectic volumes made up of timely reviews and thematic volumes that focus on recent progress in a specific area of neurobiology research. This volume focusses on the imaging of the brain addicted to food, gambling, tobacco, and opiates.

Key Features

  • Offers a unique perspective on how addiction affects the brain
  • Covers a broad scope of addictions, including food, gambling, tobacco, and common psychogenic agents with a focus on their effects on the brain
  • Focuses on the use of medical imaging methods, especially MRI, to explore and explain addiction in the brain


Psychologists through neuroscientists to imaging scientists. Also, with such a broad focus, the hope is that the lay audience could also understand the results as well.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One: Imaging the Addicted Brain: Alcohol

    • Abstract
    • 1 Alcohol Use Disorder: Definition, Epidemiology, and Consequences
    • 2 Structural Brain Imaging in AUD
    • 3 Functional Brain Imaging in AUD
    • 4 Conclusion

    Chapter Two: Effects of Marijuana Use on Brain Structure and Function: Neuroimaging Findings from a Neurodevelopmental Perspective

    • Abstract
    • 1 Introduction
    • 2 Neurodevelopmental Framework for Understanding the Effects of Marijuana on Brain Structure and Function
    • 3 Structural Changes associated with Marijuana Use
    • 4 Functional MRI Observations in Marijuana Use
    • 5 Remaining Questions and Future Directions
    • 6 Conclusions

    Chapter Three: Neurobiological Basis of Hypersexuality

    • Abstract
    • 1 Definition of Hypersexuality
    • 2 Prevalence and Comorbidity of Hypersexuality
    • 3 Hypersexuality as an Obsessive–Compulsive, Impulse, or Addiction Disorder
    • 4 Neuroimaging Correlates of Hypersexuality
    • 5 Lesion Evidence of Hypersexuality
    • 6 Evidence from Other Neurological Diseases Accompanied by Hypersexuality
    • 7 Neuropharmacology of Hypersexuality
    • 8 Animal Studies on Hypersexuality
    • 9 Genetics of Hypersexuality
    • 10 Conclusion

    Chapter Four: Psychological and Neurobiological Correlates of Food Addiction

    • Abstract
    • 1 Introduction
    • 2 Factors That Lead to the Formation of FA
    • 3 Maintenance of FA
    • 4 Discussion
    • Acknowledgments

    Chapter Five: Imaging the Gambling Brain

    • Abstract
    • 1 Cue-Reactivity Studies
    • 2 Parsing Out Specific Cognitive Constructs in GD
    • 3 Positron Emission Tomography Studies
    • 4 Structural Imaging
    • 5 Conclusions

    Chapter Six: Biomarkers for Success: Using Neuroimaging to Predict Relapse and Develop Brain Stimulation Treatments for Cocaine-Dependent Individuals

    • Abstract
    • 1 Introduction
    • 2 Executive and Limbic System Abnormalities in Cocaine-Dependent Individuals
    • 3 Predicting Relapse
    • 4 From Brain to Bedside—Developing Neural Circuit-Based Treatments for Substance Dependence

    Chapter Seven: Treating Addiction: Perspectives from EEG and Imaging Studies on Psychedelics

    • Abstract
    • 1 Introduction
    • 2 Brain Research Studies of Classic Psychedelics
    • 3 Psychedelics as Therapeutic Tools
    • 4 Potential Mechanisms of Psychedelic Treatment Efficacy
    • 5 Closing Remarks

Product details

  • No. of pages: 250
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2016
  • Published: August 5, 2016
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128039397
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128039144

About the Serial Volume Editors

Natalie Zahr

Natalie Zahr
Natalie M. Zahr, Ph.D. is a research scientist at Stanford University and SRI International. Her graduate education in the basic sciences included the study of neuro- anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology. After she completed graduate training as an electrophysiologist, she began postdoctoral training as a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scientist. Her current position as research scientist focuses on translational approaches using in vivo MR imaging and spectroscopy in studies of human alcoholics and rodent models of alcoholism with the goal of identifying mechanisms of alcohol toxicity on the brain. Her position allows her to explore emerging MR technologies and apply them to test relevant hypotheses. She has taught courses in Anatomy and Neuroscience at UC Berkeley Extension and enjoys sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm for learning with her students. Her interests include traveling, hosting parties, skiing, kite surfing, scuba diving, hiking, and yoga.

Affiliations and Expertise

SRI International, CA, USA

Eric Peterson

Eric Peterson
Eric Peterson, Ph.D. is a research scientist at SRI International. Formerly he held research positions at Stanford University, the University of Bordeaux, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received his Ph.D. His training is in biomedical engineering and medical physics with a focus on the development and advancement of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The common thread of development of MRI techniques has led him to research asthma, cardiac obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Alzheimer’s dementia, stroke, and alcoholism. His current work is to develop new MRI methods in order to explore never before studied aspects of alcoholism. Outside of his research, he enjoys living in the vibrant San Francisco Bay Area, traveling, playing squash, and going rock climbing and hiking.

Affiliations and Expertise

SRI International, CA, USA

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