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Elster, Jon and Skog, Ole-Jorgen, eds. (1999) Getting hooked: rationality and addiction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press .

The essays in this volume offer a thorough discussion of the relationship between addiction and rationality. This book-length treatment of the subject includes contributions from philosophers, psychiatrists, neurobiologists, sociologists and economists. Contrary to the widespread view that addicts are subject to overpowering and compulsive urges, the authors in this volume demonstrate that addicts are capable of making choices and responding to incentives. At the same time they disagree with Gary Beckerās argument that addiction is the result of rational choice. The volume offers an exposition of the neurophysiology of addiction, a critical examination of the Becker theory of rational addiction, an argument for a āvisceral theory of addictionā, a discussion of compulsive gambling as a form of addiction, several discussions of George Ainslieās theory of hyperbolic discounting, analyses of social causes and policy implications, and an investigation of the problem of relapse


Item Type:Book
Date:1999
Call No:GC2
Pages:ix, 28
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication:Cambridge
ISBN:0-521-64008-3
Keywords:neurobiological theory of AODU, neurobehavioral theory of AODU, rationalization, choice-making behavior, AODD psychology (field)
Notes:includes bibliographical references and index
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Accession Number:HRB 209 (Available)
Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Theory of substance use > Biopsychosocial substance use disorder theory
F Concepts in psychology > Specific attitude and behaviour > choice-making behaviour
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Theory of substance use > Psychological substance use disorder theory
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Theory of substance use > Biological substance use disorder theory
F Concepts in psychology > Motivation

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