The Puzzle of Addiction

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 2:27pm -- bsudnick
Speaker: 
Hanna Pickard
Affiliation: 
Princeton University & University of Birmingham

Cognitive Science Lunchtime Talk

The Puzzle of Addiction

There is increasing evidence against a disease model of addiction and in support of a choice model. But evidently a choice model must solve a puzzle: why, if addicts have choice over drug use, do they choose to use despite the negative consequences that result? I will describe the debate between disease and choice models to bring this puzzle into clear view, and then explain how a choice model can solve it. The solution lies in recognizing the functions that drugs serve, alongside the explanatory importance of a series of interacting factors, including psychiatric co-morbidity, limited socio-economic opportunities, temporally myopic decision-making, denial and motivated irrationality, and self-identity.

Date: 
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 12:00pm
Location: 
101 Peretsman Scully Hall