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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2013, Vol. 21 ›› Issue (12): 2164-2173.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2013.02164

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Social Interaction Influence on Adolescent Rodents’ Susceptibility to Drug Addiction

ZHAO Yudan;LI Xinwang;TIAN Lin;YANG Fan   

  1. (Department of Psychology, Capital Normal University, Beijing 100037, China)
  • Received:2013-05-06 Online:2013-12-15 Published:2013-12-15
  • Contact: LI Xinwang


Adolescents have a higher susceptibility to drug addiction. According to the previous studies in rodents, the rewarding effects of addictive drugs can be affected by social interaction that includes contacting with conspecifics, social isolation and living with cage-mates in different pharmacological states. Two mechanisms may be involved in the impact of social interaction, one being related to social rewarding properties, and the other concerned with social learning like the transmission of emotions and perceptional information. Therefore, further study is needed to clarify the mechanism of the interaction between social factors and addictive drugs.

Key words: social interaction, adolescence, rodents, drug addiction