Impulsivities and addictions: Similarities and differences between opiates and stimulants

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 12:45
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Dr. Jasmin Vassileva was the next presenter of the session “Schizophrenia, Empathy and Addiction”. Dr. Vassileva focused on impulsivity investigated in cross-sectional studies involving human addicted vs. non-addicted subjects, modeling the role of opiates in increasing impulsivity as a neurocognitive characteristic related with decision making instead of simply a personality characteristic. She also highlighted the variable endophenotypic markers for stimulant and opiate addictive behaviors. Questions focused on possible specific genotypes that may increase the possibility of addictive behaviors as well as plausible causal interpretations of the results which are retrieved from the cros-sectional studies.