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Addiction – Smoking

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About the Course

In this course, Professor Marcus Munafò (University of Bristol) explores addiction in the context of smoking and smoking cessation. The first lecture begins by outlining key physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms of smoking, before exploring the fact that the positive outcomes of smoking may actually be simply an absence of these withdrawal symptoms. The following two lectures explore the internal and external factors which can influence the likelihood that someone may become addicted to a substance. The last two lectures continue this differentiation between internal and external factors, discussing internal, biological mechanisms of addiction and external, learning mechanisms. In his final note, Professor Munafò brings together the idea of understanding addiction as a disorder of learning.

About the Lecturer

Marcus Munafò is a professor of biological psychology at the University of Bristol. Professor Munafò’s research is focused on understanding health behaviours related to tobacco and alcohol use, informing current debates on tobacco product packaging. With experience of an array of research methods, one of Professor Munafò’s other interests is in whether participant incentives in scientific experiments provide an optimal level of robustness and reproducibility.

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