The neuroeconomics of drug use

Neuroeconomics is an interdisciplinary research field, which emerged in the early 2000s, made up of a combination of cognitive neuroscience, psychology and behavioural economics. The primary aims of neuroeconomics are to: identify which brain regions encode subjective value (Chib, Rangel, Shimojo, & O’Doherty, 2009; Peters & B├╝chel, 2010); understand the brain mechanisms that underpin decision-making […]

Symposium 8 – The orexinergic system of the brain and its importance for neuropsychiatry

Chaired by: Professor Elemer Szabadi (Nottingham) Professor Jyrki Kukkonen (Helsinki): Neuroanatomy and physiology of the orexinergic system. Professor Kukkonen kicked-off this session on Wednesday morning by giving us a comprehensive overview of the orexinergic system. We learned that orexins were discovered by 2 groups independently, within weeks of each other, around 20 years ago, in […]

Psychopharmacology Awards – Winners’ Short Orals

This session, in which winners of the Psychopharmacology Awards present their work, always has high attendance and this year was no exception. Dr Tom Freeman, the winner of the junior non-clinical award, presented on the role of cannabinoids in the development and treatment of addiction. He noted that recent policy changes in the UK have […]