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Welcome to my blog page.  Click the red tags to filter all entries on this topic.  Here is a chance to:
  • Read up on some of the projects I am working on
  • Recap on research that underpins my training and lectures
  • Share some intriguing research findings
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January 16, 2019

Now new data by UTSA shows how the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine changes when working for cocaine. Our brains naturally release dopamine to reward us for working hard for something gratifying, for example, enjoying a sweet piece of chocolate. Yet when it com...

May 15, 2018

In lectures on drug and alcohol use I often state that the experience of intoxication in not purely pharmacological.  Whilst drug and alcohol influence the brain, the individual must process and interpret this inner experience.  This introduces a subject component to i...

October 9, 2017

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are commonly prescribed for depression and anxiety but their superiority over placebo has been questioned, generating considerable debate among researchers and clinicians. In a new study, Uppsala University researchers sh...

September 25, 2017

Expectancy plays a crucial role in facilitating alcohol consumption in young people.  The more positive young peoples expectation of alcohol's effect, the more they drink and the younger they start.  At the same time, young people are bombarded with positive expectatio...

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