Impaired Reward Processing May Explain Cocaine Addiction

 – February 5, 2015  –– 

Impairments in reward processing decisions may help explain why addicted individuals go back to abusing cocaine despite the often terrible consequences of addiction, new research suggests. "We know from reward-related studies, especially from preclinical studies, that there is an impairment in reward prediction error signals in addicted brains," Muhammad Parvaz, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City, told Medscape Medical News.

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

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