Behavioural assessment of drug reinforcement and addictive features in rodents: an overview.

  title={Behavioural assessment of drug reinforcement and addictive features in rodents: an overview.},
  author={Carles Sanchis-Segura and Rainer Spanagel},
  journal={Addiction biology},
  volume={11 1},
Some psychoactive drugs are abused because of their ability to act as reinforcers. As a consequence behavioural patterns (such as drug-seeking/drug-taking behaviours) are promoted that ensure further drug consumption. After prolonged drug self-administration, some individuals lose control over their behaviour so that these drug-seeking/taking behaviours become compulsive, pervading almost all life activities and precipitating the loss of social compatibility. Thus, the syndrome of addictive… CONTINUE READING
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