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Advances in Psychological Science    2015, Vol. 23 Issue (9) : 1617-1626     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2015.01617
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Dysfunction of Monetary Reward Processing and Recoverability in Drug Addicts
YANG Ling; SU Bobo; ZHANG Jianxun; LIU Bin; WEI Xiaoyun; ZHAO Xin
(Behavior Rehabition Training Research Institution, School of Psychology, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070, China)
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The changes of brain reward system caused by chronic substance use are considered central to the development and maintenance of addiction, and those pathological changes adversely affect regulation of reward system, inducing deficits in cognitive performance and daily function. In recent years, numerous fMRI studies have suggested that there are progressive changes in the ventral striatum and reward circuitry related to monetary reward processing in people with history of substance abuse, and the change of reward-related activation of the striatum can be used as a predictor of treatment outcome, indicating the degree of functional recovery. It has been shown that drug-induced dysfunction in the reward processing system can be recovered to some degree following abstinence. Further research in this area should address the specificity of reward processing associated with substance use, and investigate reward processing of individuals with family history of substance dependent and the effects of monetary reward on executive function, using event related potentials (ERPs).

Keywords substance addiction      monetary incentives      reward processing      reward circuitry     
Corresponding Authors: ZHAO Xin, E-mail:   
Issue Date: 15 September 2015
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YANG Ling,SU Bobo,ZHANG Jianxun, et al. Dysfunction of Monetary Reward Processing and Recoverability in Drug Addicts[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2015, 23(9): 1617-1626.
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