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Garavan, Hugh and Hester, Reid K (2007) The role of cognitive control in cocaine dependence. Neuropsychology Review , 17 , (3) , pp. 337-345.

While hedonic and reward-related processes are central to drug use and dependence, this article focuses on the contribution that cognitive processes may make to addiction. In particular, attention is drawn to those processes involved in exercising control over behavior as drug dependence is characterized by risky, impulsive behavior. Functional neuroimaging implicates prefrontal deficits in cocaine dependence with an emerging picture of cocaine users having attentional biases towards drug-related stimuli, poor performance in laboratory tests of inhibitory control, and compromised monitoring and evaluation of their behavior. Combined, these deficits may contribute to the continuation of use in dependent individuals and may qualify as important targets for therapeutic interventions.


Item Type:Article
Date:September 2007
Page Range:pp. 337-345
Keywords:biological disease cause, biological feedback, cocaine, cognition, cognitive and memory disorder, cognitive process, Ireland
Accession Number:HRB 4141 (Available)
Subjects:F Concepts in psychology > Cognition
B Substances > Cocaine
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Theory of substance use > Biological substance use disorder theory
E Concepts in biomedical areas > General life processes (physiology)

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