Memory and the Neuroscience of Addiction

When: Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Doors at 6:00pm, event at 7:00pm

Cost: $13* general admission,
$8 students with ID (minors under 21 with parent/guardian only)
Buy Online, or to reduce service fees, purchase in person at the Alberta Rose box office

Food and Drink: Beer, wine, popcorn, hand pies, and an assortment of sweets and snacks available.

Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don’t have to be a science geek to have fun—all you need is a thirst for knowledge!

Back by popular demand! This is a repeat of our sold out event held at the Clinton Street Theater on Tuesday, 9/6/16.

Starting from a very young age, humans are driven to seek out novel sensations and rewarding experiences; the brain is wired this way. During adolescence, some seek out drugs of abuse because they create novel sensations and can alter the perception of reality. Repeated exposure to these drugs creates new experiences in the form of powerful, persistent memories, and these drug-related memories are thought to underlie the relapse that can occur for decades, even after extended periods of abstinence. At this Science on Tap, Barbara Sorg, PhD, professor of neuroscience at WSU Vancouver, will talk about what happens in the brain with rewarding experiences and how drugs of abuse alter the structure and function of the brain to make drug addiction a chronic brain disease. She will also discuss how her laboratory uses animal models of addiction to weaken memories associated with cocaine.