Addiction Showcases the Brain's Flexibility

Dr. Shannon L. Gourley, faculty member in Neuroscience, is mentioned in a ScienceNews article about addiction and brain plasticity. Click here to view the full article.

Some of the changes, notes Gourley, “accelerate habit formation, which is a form of learning.” A habit can be a good thing. Making a habit out of brushing your teeth means you can focus on other things. But, Gourley says, “habit formation can also be maladaptive if the habit is ingesting a drug of abuse.”