2012 AAPB Webinar 2: Lessons from the Neuroscience of Addiction



Lessons from the Neuroscience of Addiction

Presented by:
Fredric Shaffer, PhD, BCB
Professor of Psychology, Truman State University and Saybrook University

May 31, 2012 at 1:00pm Eastern time

Non-Member Price: $99
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Cancellations received in writing prior to a week before the webinar will be issued a refund less a $30 processing fee. No refunds for cancellations within the week of the webinar.

Course Description:
This webinar is designed to review important lessons from the neuroscience of addiction for professionals who treat addiction and compulsive behavior. Despite different pharmacological properties, all drugs of abuse produce common acute and chronic effects on the brains of vulnerable individuals. We will examine the effects of addicting drugs on the mesolimbic dopamine pathway and highlight the different ways that they acutely increase dopamine activity, but chronically decrease responsiveness to reinforcers. We will learn how chronic drug abuse slows down the prefrontal cortex and sensitizes the brain to addicting drugs, drug-related stimuli, and environmental stressors. We will see how an altered frontal cortex transmits craving to the reward pathway and sensitizes this circuit to addicting drugs. Finally, we will explore the implications of these findings for biofeedback and neurofeedback treatment of addiction.

Learning Objectives:
Professionals who complete this webinar will be able to:

  • Describe the roles of major brain structures in addiction;
  • Explain the common effects of abused drugs on brain reward circuits;
  • Explain how the brain changes as drug abuse becomes addiction;
  • Explain how stress, learning, and memory influence addiction and relapse.

Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: None. Advance preparation is not required.
Who Should Attend?: Professionals who treat addictive disorders and compulsive behavior.
Delivery Method: Interactive webinar using telephone and Internet technology.
CE Credits: 1.5 credits

Presenter Biography:
  • Fred Shaffer, PhD, BCB is a biological psychologist and professor of Psychology and former Department Chair at Truman State University, where he has taught since 1975 and has served as Director of Truman's Applied Psychophysiology Research Lab since 1977. He has taught biological psychology and psychopharmacology for more than 24 years and regularly consults in textbook revision. In 2008, he received the Doris and Walker Allen Fellowship for Academic Excellence. He also teaches in the Saybrook University Mind-Body Medicine program. He co-authored with Donald Moss, PhD, BCB, BCN, a chapter on biofeedback in the Textbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2nd ed.). He is a contributing editor for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. Dr. Shaffer is a Senior Fellow in Biofeedback and is the Chair of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA).


    May 31, 2012through May 31, 2012
    Your Office/Home
    1.5 CE Credits, per Seminar.

    Conference Packages

    Registration Option Description
    Main Registration You may have multiple people participate in the webinar, but if someone needs a continuing education certificate they must register as an additional person for the event.

    Additional Person If you need a continuing education certificate for your records, you will need to register as an additional person.


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