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The addictive brain. Episode 12, Junk food, porn, video games - addictions?

Polk, Thad A., (presenter.). The Great Courses (Firm), (Distributor). Kanopy (Firm), (Distributor).
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  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (streaming video file) (36 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
  • Publisher: [San Francisco, California, USA] : The Great Courses, 2015.

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Originally produced by The Great Courses in 2015.
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The course concludes with an exploration of other potentially addictive behaviors. Professor Polk argues that some artificial stimuli - junk food, pornography, and video games to name three - are "supernormal," meaning that they actually activate the brain's reward circuit more strongly than natural stimuli do, leading to some of the same neurological effects as drug use.
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject: Addicts > Psychology.
Compulsive behavior.
Substance abuse.
Brain > Physiology.
Genre: Lectures.

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