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Imaging Studies Illuminate Brain's Response To Cocaine

be activated as part of the pleasurable rush/high experience. But its continuing high level of activation into the craving phase suggests that it also plays a role in incentive, the motivation leading to a change in behavior, which is key to the development of addiction." Alan Leshner, PhD, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a primary funder of this research, says, "These studies suggest specific brain areas that might be targeted in developing new medications to either block individual aspects of cocaine's effects - like the rush versus the craving experience - or as broader treatments for cocaine abuse and addiction." Additional funding for this study was provided by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression.
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