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Memory Enhancement; How plasticity affects ChroniC Cocaine addiction

Memory Enhancement; How plasticity affects ChroniC Cocaine addiction

Drug addiction has been considered to be a chronic brain disease, defined by a motivational brain circuit whose function can increase individual’s susceptibility to drug abuse. Addiction in general has been linked to a reward system that involves various brain regions. Activation in these brain regions have been associated to the increase of memory-related synaptic connection. This synaptic strengthening increasesusceptability of retrieving drug-related memory. Cocaine creates an excitatory response in the brain involving the dopaminergic pathways in both the brain regions involved with reward and with learning. This suggests that drug addiction is linked to the affects memory has on learning reward in association to the pleasurable affects of drug taking. In instances of chronic drug use, withdrawal creates stronger drug-seeking behavioural responses, and in turn increasing risk of relapse.

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Dialectical Discussion Group: The Mission

As a student studying philosophy and psychology, my goals have always been oriented towards finding practical ways of bettering oneself. Recently I’ve realized that my answers keep pointing me towards the direction of analyzing the education system. In other words,...

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Back to Reality

Back to Reality

I’m not sure why I randomly got motivated to write about my life, maybe because I returned from vacation. This summer I spent three weeks away visiting my family and friends in Europe and Israel, sightseeing, hiking, relaxing at the beach and drinking wine accompanied...

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The Art of Waiting

The Art of Waiting

“Trust in the universe” my mind echoes dramatically at any situation where I feel the loss of control. Introduction Rationalists are those of us who believe that the world is made up of perceptions projected by our subjectivity. In other words, the rose coloured...

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How’d I Get Here?

How’d I Get Here?

Sitting on a tan love couch situated in the centre of an empty room with nothing but a mini bar surrounded by a few white doors. The walls are white and empty, but the room is crowded with music-deaf drunk young adults; women’s stiletto heels sinking into the hotel...

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Lost Girl

Lost Girl

A few years ago, I experienced what I like to call an existential crisis. A year prior I had finished high school and moved to Milan, where I spent my time working every weekday; in the morning at one restaurant, in the evening at another, taking courses online to...

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Smiling Old Man

Smiling Old Man

The green pharmaceutical sign flashes in the distance as I wait for the tram back to my apartment at the heart of Milano. The crisp air whisks around my hair. I unzip my jacket to let out the heat I’ve held inside my body from my day at work. I fit my earphones into...

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Consensual Non-Monogamy: Behind the Habit

Consensual Non-Monogamy: Behind the Habit

Evidence has shown that a large amount of negative attitudes towards Consensual Non-monogamous (CNM) relationships are due to the fact that they have been deemed a deviation of social norms, where non-exclusivity acts as a ‘devil effect’ (tendency to judge people’s...

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Re-evaluating Consensual Non-Monogamous Relationships

Re-evaluating Consensual Non-Monogamous Relationships

With growing rates of other relationship structures, we should, as a society, re-adjust our negative attitudes to these new forms, in efforts to become more understanding and accepting. Moreover, with these discoveries is the opportunity to analyze whether there may...

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A Sicky Vicky Day

A Sicky Vicky Day

Hey Guys! What a day it has been… I would have loved to start one of these with a more positive outcome but there were some events that occurred I wanted to bring to light. Anyone that knows me knows I am very opinionated but also very open minded. My attitudes are...

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On the Soul

On the Soul

When attempting to tackle how to describe what is the soul, one must first dissect the meaning of the word. In this paper the soul will be discussed as the nature of a living being; a human, animal or plant. The next issue is whether or not the soul is separate or as...

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Personal Life

Personal Life

My experiences, observations and cognitions, in words.... Come back soon!

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