Behaviour and the Brain part 1: Addiction


Course Objective

To provide insight into the biopsychosocial mechanisms that underlie
behavior, with a focus on drug use and addiction, learning and

Course Content

When we engage in behaviour, we often hope to gain something, to be
rewarded. To optimize the reward we receive, we exquisitely fine-tune
our behaviour and become expert reward-seekers. Our behaviour can lead
to positive effects, such as gaining new skills and achieving academic
success, but it may also have negative consequences, for instance
theshort-term reward of drug intake may lead to addiction. During part I
of the course you will gain knowledge of the biological and psychosocial
processes that play a role in the search for rewards, in particular in
relation to drug use and addiction. The nature of drugs, their
short-term reward and related progression into addiction, as well as
non-drug related addictions will be addressed. In part II you will gain
insight into processes that guide our attention and learning and relate
this to drug use. Throughout the course you will also learn more about
the methods scientific research has at its disposal to increase this

Teaching Methods

Lectures and tutorials

Method of Assessment

Assignments and poster

Additional Information

This course is taught by Biological Psychology and is linked to
Behaviour and the Brain part 2: Attention (coordinated by Cognitive

The course is taught in English

Custom Course Registration

You can only enrol for the preminor courses after the information session for the pre-minors in January 2020.

General Information

Course Code P_BBAA_1
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Fac. of Behavioural and Movement Science
Course Coordinator prof. dr. A.H.M. Willemsen
Examiner prof. dr. A.H.M. Willemsen
Teaching Staff prof. dr. A.H.M. Willemsen

Practical Information

You cannot register for this course yourself; your faculty's education office carries out registration

Teaching Methods Lecture, Study Group
Target audiences

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