First up is a presentation by lecturer Richard Romaniuk, who will give a talk titled “Addiction as a False Survival Instinct” Wednesday, March 1, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Mandel School’s Noble Commons.
The biophysics of brain imaging lets us see what people desire and how addiction affects the way humans think. We recognize that hunger, thirst and fear influence the brain structures involved in the overpowering need to satisfy those feelings. There are elements of the survival instinct that take precedence over reason. Drugs of abuse are able to hijack our neuronal system to create a false “survival instinct.”
Those people affected by these drugs cannot differentiate their own basic instincts clearly. However, the human brain has many priorities. Learning about how it works can help the chemically dependent break away from addiction and help us to better support our clients.
About the series
All sessions in this series will be livestreamed and recorded for viewing on the Mandel School’s YouTube channel. Current Mandel School students can receive one professional development hour for each talk they attend.