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AppetiteNeural and Behavioural Bases$
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Charles R. Legg and David Booth

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198547877

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198547877.001.0001

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Classical conditioning, drug cues and drug addiction

Classical conditioning, drug cues and drug addiction

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(p.165) 7 Classical conditioning, drug cues and drug addiction
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Appetite
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Steven Glautier

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198547877.003.0007

This chapter describes the way drug use can be thought of in terms of classical conditioning, the ways in which conditioning processes are thought to affect drug taking behaviour, and the implications of the analysis for the development of treatments for addiction. The findings indicate that drug-taking episodes have all the ingredients necessary to promote the occurrence of classical conditioning and that various stimuli have the potential to become Pavlovian conditioned stimulus. When these stimuli acquire their conditioned properties they increase the likelihood of drug taking behaviour mechanisms when they are encountered.

Keywords:   drug use, classical conditioning, drug taking behaviour, addiction, Pavlovian conditioned stimulus

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