The contributions of cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging to understanding mechanisms of behavior change in addiction

Jon Morgenstern*, Nasir H. Naqvi, Robert Debellis, Hans C. Breiter

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Abstract

In the last decade, there has been an upsurge of interest in understanding the mechanisms of behavior change (MOBC) and effective behavioral interventions as a strategy to improve addiction-treatment efficacy. However, there remains considerable uncertainty about how treatment research should proceed to address the MOBC issue. In this article, we argue that limitations in the underlying models of addiction that inform behavioral treatment pose an obstacle to elucidating MOBC. We consider how advances in the cognitive neuroscience of addiction offer an alternative conceptual and methodological approach to studying the psychological processes that characterize addiction, and how such advances could inform treatment process research. In addition, we review neuroimaging studies that have tested aspects of neurocognitive theories as a strategy to inform addiction therapies and discuss future directions for transdisciplinary collaborations across cognitive neuroscience and MOBC research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)336-350
Number of pages15
JournalPsychology of Addictive Behaviors
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2013

Keywords

  • Addiction treatment mechanisms of behavior change
  • Neuroimaging
  • Treatment process

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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