The Gambler’s Brain
Lecture no. 11 from the course: The Addictive Brain
Taught by Professor Thad Polk | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Science Course
Are drugs the only thing humans can get addicted to? What about behaviors? To answer this question, take a look at what happens inside the brain of a compulsive gambler. As this case study reveals, many of the same neurochemical processes of drug abuse—from genetic predisposition to dopamine release—also accompany addiction to behaviors.