*Please note: this module is not eligible for CE credit as a standalone session. To obtain CE credit, please see the “Neuroeconomics Cluster” that contains this talk, a panel discussion, and two other talks, for a total of 3.0 CE credits.
Recently a new theory has been proposed to address addiction, referred to as the Competing Neurobehavioral Decisions Systems Theory. This hypothesis specifies that addiction results from hyperactive impulsive systems (associated with the limbic and para-limbic brain regions) and hypoactive executive systems (associated with the prefrontal cortex). This provides a new conceptual system by which to examine a variety of suboptimal behavior such as addiction, gambling, obesity, risky sexual behavior, and other risky health behaviors. In this presentation, data supporting this new theory will be reviewed as well as the implications for developing new interventions and initial observations regarding these candidate therapies.
Review Warren Bickel’s biographical statement.