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Queen's University
 

MotiCog
Research

If you are interested in participating in any studies for PSYC100 credit or small cash remuneration, please email moticogstudy@gmail.com

Impulsivity in Addiction

Drug addiction is characterized by two behavioural traits: compulsion to take the drug (drug-seeking) and loss of control in limiting drug intake (impulsivity). Based on decades of research, we have a detailed understanding of the environmental and physiological factors that influence compulsive drug use. We know far less about the impulsive aspects of drug addiction although our research (and that of many colleagues around the world) is helping to uncover the mechanisms that lead to uncontrolled drug use.

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Developmental Neurobiology

Early life experiences have a profound impact on both behavioural and biological development. For example, children who live in abusive or neglectful environments exhibit altered physiological responses to stress when they are adults, and have an increased likelihood of developing psychiatric disorders including addiction.


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Novel Analgesic Mechanisms

Opiates are powerful analgesics, but their clinical use is hindered by side effects, tolerance, and concerns about dependence and addiction. A resolution to this problem may be provided by the paradoxical effects of ultra-low-dose opioid antagonists. Recently we found that this phenomenon extends to the cannabinoid syste

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Motivation-Cognition Interactions in Humans

Disruptions in motivation and/or cognition are common symptoms of many psychiatric disorders. By studying these from different perspectives, we hope to gain an understanding of how motivational and cognitive processes interact in both ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’ states.

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