CoActions Lab

Cognition and Actions Lab

Inhibitory control of actions in addiction to alcohol

Engaging in rewarding and pleasurable behaviors is a natural part of human existence. Yet, consuming highly palatable foods, engaging in sex, gambling, smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol and taking drugs are among behaviors that are vulnerable to excess, overconsumption and addiction. For example, alcohol dependence is an increasingly recognized problem within western societies, affecting almost 10% of the Belgian population. It is the most prevalent category of substance use disorders, hence the need to identify its neural correlates to guide clinical trials of pharmacological treatments. Addicted individuals typically have an impulsive personality, a trait which might in some cases have predated drug-taking and constitutes thus a vulnerability factor, but which is probably further amplified by the drug’s harmful effects on cognitive control circuits. We are interested in understanding the relationship between impulsivity, motor inhibitory control and the development of an addiction.

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