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Can we image an addictive brain? And if so, how can we protect people from getting addicted? Join Dr. Iris Balodis, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and the Peter Boris Centre for Addiction Research and graduate student Fiza Arshad for a journey to the world of addictions.
Understanding the disconnect between desire and action
Iris Balodis (Assistant Professor)
Why is there so often a disconnect between our desires and our actions? For example, people express a desire to lose weight, yet continue to eat calorie-rich foods. In fact, many common societal problems can be attributed to this disconnect where an immediate short-term reward (e.g., another beer) is chosen over a future greater reward (e.g., health). Little is known about how affective processes integrate into core executive functions. In my research, I use different approaches to populations demonstrating a range of maladaptive behaviours in an effort understand how humans make decisions.