Effects of Drugs on Brain Connections


First, view the following two videos:

The Teenage Brain is Primed for Addiction (World Science Festival 2014 video, talk with Psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine, 2 minutes in length, captioned)
Drugs of abuse – what do they do to the brain? (2012 video, Lecture by Profession Graeme, 40 minutes in length, captioned)
Then, in addition to watching both of the above videos, you can choose 2 additional videos from the list below before posting in the discussion area:

The Teenage Brain (Royal Society lecture by Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore 2013 video,56, minutes,captioned)
The Teenage Brain and Addiction – (Boston Children’s Hospital 2011 videos, each part 4-5 minutes each, captioned) View all 3 parts – Part 1; Part 2; Part 3
The Teenage Brain: A World of Their Own (2001 PBS video, 32 segments, 54 minutes in length, captioned – from Films on Demand through ESC library, login may be required)
The Addiction Show, Interview with Michael Kuhar, Ph.D., author of The Addicted Brain (2013 Video, 46 minutes in length, captioned)
Charlie Rose’s Brain Series, Episode Seven – The Emotional and Vulnerable Brain (2010 video, 55 minutes, captioned) Note: This video may or may not be available depending on permissions.
Address Both Questions in your Main Post:

Identify and discuss the obvious and less obvious ways that the adolescent brain and brain development is adversely affected by substance use.
How might the severity of a substances use disorder be affected by an adolescent’s lack of experience, lack of knowledge, and immature brain development?
In developing your responses, consider the issue from multiple angles using a biological, psychological, social, and unusual stress factors. Each main post needs to be at least 150 words or more.

Note – It is helpful to refer to specific points raised in the video during your discussion. Be sure to respond to at least two other students with a relevant and detailed response. Be sure to refer to your assigned readings as well as the videos in both your main post and your responses to others.