Cocaine Effects Include Harm Done To Brain Circuits That Predict Loss

 – February 3, 2015  –– 

Our ability to learn from our experiences shapes our lives. A new study explores how addiction influences this crucial ability. People addicted to cocaine, say researchers at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, continue their habit despite horrible consequences, such as losing a job, because the circuits in their brain responsible for predicting emotional loss have been harmed by drug use.

- Muhammad Parvaz, PhD, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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