Neuroscientist tackles addiction in lecture

UT’s Brain Awareness week kicked off its second day on Tuesday with a lecture on the Neuroscience of Addiction held by Paul Ragan, M.D. The room was packed with neuroscience students and intellectuals alike, who gathered to hear about some of the stigmas facing addiction treatment. To make these stigmas clear, Ragan began the talk with an anecdotal statement by Benjamin Rush, providing an image of a person with an addiction to alcohol. “The phenomenon of the village drunkard was easily understood,” Ragan said. “He was simply the person in town of the lowest moral fiber.” Ragan was consistent in driving home the point that the disease of addiction plagues America, but that the public has in the past viewed it as something that can be controlled. “Addiction is no…

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