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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2015, Vol. 23 ›› Issue (8): 1409-1417.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2015.01409

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The Function and Mechanism of Sensorimotor System in the #br# Process of Drug Cue-related Reactivity

ZENG Hong1; JIANG Xing2; YE HaoShen1   

  1. (1 The Research Center of Psychology and Brain Science, Department of Psychology, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou 510006, China) (2 Department of Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510632, China)
  • Received:2014-08-26 Online:2015-08-15 Published:2015-08-15
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Drug cue-related reactivity is an important mark of drug addiction. It results in stimulus-response craving and compulsive drug use. The neurobiological mechanism of this compulsive behavior is the stimula-automatized action schemata, which is the result of association learning, including classic and operant conditioned reflex. Recent research indicates that the function of the mirror neuro system which overlaps part of the sensory-motor brain regions and have been known to help with understanding actions, analysis, inferring intentions and goals of the actions, inner imitating, may facilitate the formation of automatized action schemata and result in repeated drug use and relapse. In addition, there is evidence that the action memory’s mechanism and function play an important role in the processing of automatic action.

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