New: Psychology Of Addiction

The media is full of stories about people being
addicted to everything from sugar to sex, but what
is psychological and physical addiction? What are
the similarities and differences between substance
and behavioural addiction? What are the risk factors
that lead to the development and maintenance of
addiction? Is addiction a brain disease, a psychological/
cognitive problem or a problem of self-control?
What are the brain structures and neural processes
underlying addiction? This course will examine a
range of different theoretical approaches to addiction
and how these are informed by research, and we
will also discuss addiction at many levels ranging
from its effect on the nervous system to its effect on
society. Traditional models and the latest research and
intervention approaches will also be explored.

Who is this course for

This course is for anyone who is interested in how psychology explains our behaviour. No previous knowledge or experience is needed.

What does this course cover

Each week we will be looking at a different topic that has been investigated by psychologists.
Examples of topics we will cover are

' What is addiction?
' Brain processes in addiction
' What are the psychological, cognitive and biological explanations of addiction?
' Available intervention approaches and their effectiveness
You are also encouraged to recommend topics you would like to know more about

What will it be like

A number of different methods will be used including tutor exposition, pair and small group work and class discussion. A number of case studies will be used (both written and video clips) to illuminate the topics being examined.

What else do you need to buy or do

To benefit fully from this course it is recommended that students complete some of the recommended reading. You do not need to buy a text for this as handouts will be given and other resources will be available through the Moodle page for the course.

What this course could lead to

There are a number of Psychology courses that you may be interested in attending at the Mary Ward Centre including, 'Introduction to Psychology' 'Forensic Psychology' and 'Developmental Psychology'. Some previous students have gone on to study at a higher level e.g. at Birkbeck

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Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference.   We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’