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Cover image for lecture: Pleasure, Addiction and Party Drugs

Lecture Overview

Party drugs can have a euphoric impact on the mind of a person... but what is actually happening to the brain to cause these feelings? In this session, take a look at the neurobiological effects of recreational drugs and why they can lead to addiction in some people.


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Heather Madsen

Dr Heather Madsen is a behavioural neuroscientist at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. Heather’s research relates to investigating the neural underpinnings of addiction with the aim of developing effective behavioural and pharmacological interventions. See Educator Profile


71 Total Rating(s)
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Natalie lindsay
31 Mar 2020


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Javaria Chaudhry
18 Mar 2020


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Georgie Conroy
10 Mar 2020

VEry interesting, clear and informative. knowledgeable speaker who kept the audience engaged

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Cara ann pugh
30 Jan 2020

Great and interesting topic

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Jennifer Hudson
29 Nov 2019

Very good and engaging

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Meredith Stewart
28 Oct 2019

Great Lecture!

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Jill Pamplin
26 Oct 2019

A basic and good overview of a few drugs used illicitly

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Kristine s kealy
11 Oct 2019

Great VLA, need more time with VLA

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Craig Broomhall
09 Oct 2019

Excellent presentation that is extremely relevant to todays management practices.

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Tracey Nasveld
14 Sep 2019

Presenter was interesting and engaging . Interesting topic that is becoming increasingly relevant in day to day assessments.