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CANS Meeting: Samatha Brooks
February 12, 2019 @ 12:00 - 13:00
Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience research group meeting.
Speaker: Dr Samantha Brooks.
Title: Learning from the neural correlates of Anorexia Nervosa about how we might treat Substance Use Disorder.
The rising trend of internationally competitive research into the cognitive control of impulsivity reflects the importance of examining the neural mechanisms of impulse control. The rising trend might be due to impulse control deficits contributing substantially to the increase in serious mental and physical disorders that are prevalent globally. Impulse control, the tendency to prevent actions that are harmful to self and others, is fostered by prefrontal cortex executive functions – such as working memory (WM) – interacting with limbic processes. This interaction is referred to in a growing body of publications by terms like cognitive control, cognitive inhibition, affect regulation, self-regulation, top-down control, and cognitive–emotion interaction. Against this background, I describe the novel international approaches my collaborators and I have taken to tackle this important issue, that has led to over 70 publications examining cognitive control from the perspective of anorexia nervosa through to substance use disorder.