Individual Variation in the Motivational Properties of Cocaine

  title={Individual Variation in the Motivational Properties of Cocaine},
  author={Benjamin T. Saunders and Terry E. Robinson},
Cues in the environment associated with drug use draw the attention of addicts, elicit approach, and motivate drug-seeking and drug-taking behavior, making abstinence difficult. However, preclinical studies have identified large individual differences in the extent to which reward cues acquire these incentive motivational properties. For example, only in some rats does a spatially discrete food cue become attractive, eliciting approach and engagement with it, and acts as an effective… CONTINUE READING
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