Tag: dorsal striatum

PTSD as Emotional Habit Bias

  PART 1     This most excellent article (1) explains how two main memory systems relate to two  manifestations related to PTSD, the  enhancement and the impairment of traumatic memory which may be difficult to explain via a unitary model of memory, but these seemingly antagonistic effects can […]

Understanding Emotional Processing Deficits in Addiction

We recently blogged on how alcoholics, and children of alcoholics, have difficulty with recognizing and differentiating external signs of emotions such as facial emotional expressions, now we will consider increasing evidence that alcoholics have difficulties with identifying and differentiating internal emotional states also. Both these areas of research point […]

A neural basis of so-called Alcoholic Denial?

A neural basis of so-called Alcoholic Denial? by alcoholicsguide Clinicians and treatment providers working with addicted individuals often talk about addicts denying their condition at least part of the time. Although denial has often been conceptualised within a psycho-analytic framework as being a defense mechanism guarding against anxiety some research suggests […]

Decision Making Deficits

Emotional dysregulation and altered reward sensitivity may underpin impulsive behavior and poor decision-making. Both of these tendencies can be seen in the “real-world” behavior of addicted individuals, but can also be studied using laboratory-based paradigms. Addiction is associated with a loss of control over drug use which continues in […]

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