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A better understanding of the way the Brain of cocaine addicts works may favour more suitable treatments.
Cocaine use produces structural changes in the brain reducing the volume of certain regions, and also functional changes affecting motivational and cognitive processes. These changes favour addiction. The objective of a project headed by Alfonso Barrós Loscertales of the Neuropsychology and Functional Imaging Group at the Universitat Jaume I in the frame of the Spanish National Plan on Drugs (Plan Nacional sobre Drogas) studies how these changes and effects are produced in the brain.
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Through a study of a broad sample of abstinent cocaine addicts, the research revealed that cocaine use is related to a reduction in volume of the area known as striatum, directly implicated with consume and addiction. But beyond this structure, the researcher Alfonso Barrós Loscertales explains that research demonstrates important changes in the way the brain works.
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