Chemical conditioning of food reward and drug addiction

The drive to eat: comparisons and distinctions between mechanisms of food reward and drug addiction

Ralph J DiLeone, Jane R Taylor, & Marina R Picciotto (2012) Nature Neuroscience. Published online

Abstract excerpt:  “…we will examine the commonalities and differences in the systems-level and behavioral responses to food and to drugs of abuse…”

My comment: Earlier this year I addressed the commonalities and the adaptive evolution of differences in systems-level and behavioral responses in the context of the FDA Critical Path Initiative and ASAM policy statement. See, for example:

“Integration of olfactory/pheromonal conditioning into clinical psychology: The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) policy statement

The Public Policy Statement: Definition of Addiction (ASAM, 2011) represents a paradigm shift that may move the current practice of clinical psychology forward. It dictates the adoption and integration of neuroscientific principles that are required in order to understand differences between genetically predisposed brain disease, naturally occurring variations of behavioral development, and choice. These neuroscientific principles include focus on how sensory input influences behavior. The statement specifically mentions food and sex along with drugs and alcohol; each seems to chemically condition changes in hormones and in behavioral responses.” — Kohl (2012)

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