The Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference is pleased to announce Professor Bernard Balleine, Brain & Mind Research Institute, School of Medical Sciences, The University of Sydney as a Keynote Speaker at this important event.
The conference will address the treatment and recovery of alcohol, other drugs and behavioural addictions and is hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association (ANZMH).
Presentation Title: Addiction and decision-making
Presentation Outline: The smooth integration of cognitive and emotional processes is necessary for everyday decisions. Dysfunction of this integrative capacity accompanies many major psychiatric conditions and neurodegenerative disorders. It is also powerfully affected by exposure to various drugs in manner that precipitates the poor decision-making associated with addiction.
Here I will discuss recent evidence on the neural bases of cognitive-emotional integration in normal decision-making. I will then outline how we think this neural system is affected by drug exposure and consider what implications these views have for treatment.
Professor Balleine is an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and Director of the Behavioral Neuroscience and Addictive Disorders Laboratories in the Brain & Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney.
His research aims to understand the neural bases of the learning and motivational processes that control volitional, or goal-directed, action, in healthy humans, groups with various psychiatric conditions, as well as in animal models of those conditions and of addiction.
This issue has direct bearing on our understanding of the role that the integration of cognitive and emotional systems plays in executive functions and decision-making.
For further information please visit the conference website www.addictionaustralia.org.au.