[Ibogaine] Brain Imaging Links Thinking Patterns to Addiction

marko at phantom.com marko at phantom.com
Sat Dec 29 16:19:26 EST 2007

In a study comparing brain activity of sober alcoholics and non-addicted
people making financial decisions, the group of sober alcoholics showed
significantly more "impulsive" neural activity.

The researchers also discovered that a specific gene mutation boosted
activity in these brain regions when people made impulsive choices. The
mutation was already known to reduce brain levels of the neurotransmitter
dopamine. The newly found link involving the gene, impulsive behavior and
brain activity suggests that raising dopamine levels may be an effective
treatment for addiction, the scientists say.



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