Election Day Reading!


Since we’ll be in the PAC watching the returns, here are two articles you should read between prognostications! Be ready to discuss both next class!

The Brains of Buddhists: A great Atlantic Piece elucidating the work of Richard Davidson. Excellent for LOs of evaluating coping strategies of stress as well as BLOA cognitive effect on physiological process!


Generation Adderall: Really interesting New York Times piece by a former Adderall addict


Rat Park: An incredibly interesting experiment on the social and cognitive factors of addiction


Read and document the above study (click the picture) on societal factors of addiction! It’s really incredible! But makes intuitive sense!

After reading, answer the following questions:

  1. What social psychology principals come to mind while contemplating the results of the study?
  2. What other study regarding cognitive factors (from our cognitive unit of study) corroborates or reinforces the theories regarding addiction inherent in the illustrated study? (cite a specific study).
  3. Other thoughts/ideas/musings/conclusions?

Effective Treatments for Addictive Behavior

Addiction has biological, psychological and social origins.  Like all aspects of psychology, it’s crucial to understand etiology in order to design a proper treatment approach. 

Read the following research regarding treatment approaches to addiction and complete the linked assignment below. 

Changing Addictive Behaviors: A Process Perspective

Carlo C. DiClemente
Current Directions in Psychological Science
Vol. 2, No. 4


“That Feeling of Not Feeling”: Numbing the Pain for Substance-Dependent African American Women

Joanne T. Ehrmin


Affiliation with Alcoholics Anonymous after treatment: A study of its therapeutic effects and mechanisms of action.

By Morgenstern, Jon; Labouvie, Erich; McCrady, Barbara S.; Kahler, Christopher W.; Frey, Ronni M.


Treatment Assignment: 

 Treatment addiction