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The Addicted Brain

Emory University via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 3-4 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 7 weeks long

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This is a course about addiction to drugs and other behaviors. It will describe what happens in the brain and how this information helps us deal with and overcome addiction. It will also discuss other topics such as government policy and our vulnerability to take drugs.

Taught by

Michael Kuhar

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Reviews for Coursera's The Addicted Brain
4.0 Based on 22 reviews

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Anonymous
5.0 3 years ago
Anonymous partially completed this course.
I place a high value on this class for knowing how the brain works on a reward level and the complexities of the changes in the brain brought about by addicting substances. I postulate then that the neuroplastic brain through proper stimulation physically can improve as well and this motivates me to upgrade the quality of my food and mental intake. I want to be brimming with the dopamine brought on by healthy choices. The professor is superior in every way. I want to thank him very much for his invaluable work in the development of the PET scan and his clear and compelling presentation of his knowledge in this tightly organized course. Best to you! Lynn Delaney
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Anonymous
5.0 8 months ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
The course explains very clearly, for non-experts, how drugs work in the brain. I love that the material is presented in a calm and non-judgmental way. The course helps one to step back from the apparent chaos that addiction can create, and to think about it and act in a constructive manner.
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Kathryn K
5.0 7 months ago
Kathryn is taking this course right now, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
The instructor carefully explains many things about drug-taking that would otherwise be difficult for a learner to understand. His attitude is non-judgmental, and empathetic. I especially recommend this course to anyone who is a parent of an addicted person, and who wants to help and support that person in an informed manner.
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Emiel J
5.0 2 years ago
by Emiel completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
The course was very informational. The educator knows what he is talking about. The subject is very interesting and the educator knows how to make abstract information interesting. All with all a great course.
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Matteo F
3.0 3 years ago
by Matteo dropped this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I felt like the professor was more committed to make me avoid drugs than to explain them in a scientific fashion, it was't bad, just weird and not what I expected.
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Anonymous
1.0 3 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Poor course. Content is shallow, despite the Professor's impressive credentials. He seems more concerned about telling people not to take drugs than in getting into the science. Quizzes are ridiculously easy.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Good course, simple review of different substances on brain. I'm a counselor & appreciated his approach, simple but pretty thorough. Recommend

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Chagit D
1.0 2 years ago
by Chagit completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
this course is old fashion, does not use much of the new knowledge concern substance use disorder. the teacher language is not sensitive, and help the stigma to flourish- thank you

chagit deitz

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Barinder A
5.0 2 years ago
by Barinder completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Excellent insight into the world of drug addiction, Dr Kuher's presentation is engaging, lucid and sympathetic. The course includes latest advances into the science of drug addiction.
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Mike B
4.0 5 months ago
by Mike partially completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Just want to mark the course, has nothing to say really except the mark. Sure. So you shouldn't press me.
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Anne H
2.0 2 months ago
by Anne audited this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I was disappointed with the content and delivery of the material. I found the material disjointed... part of the course was a VERY basic survey of the various classes of drugs with their definitions, then we were shown the chemistry of these substances and how they interact with the brain. Perhaps I assumed too much... that the course would cover our current understanding of addiction, i.e., the long-term effects of addiction on the brain, genetic pre-disposition, comparative relapse and recovery statistics per class of drug, etc. I was hoping for state-of-the-art science/data, rather than what appeared to be simply a rehash of the classes of drugs followed by their basic chemical reactions in the brain. If I wanted only that information, I could have looked it up on Google in an hour. Unfortunately, I found the professor dronish and as unsatisfying as the material. Thank you, Anne
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Francisco J
5.0 3 years ago
Francisco completed this course, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
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Caroline C
4.0 3 years ago
by Caroline completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
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5.0 3 years ago
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