Willpower and Addiction
Dr. Warren Bickel
Director of the Addiction Recovery Research Center, VTC Research Institute
Professor, VTC Research Institute
Professor of psychology, College of Science, Virginia Tech
A public event as part of Brain Awareness Week
People who are addicted to drugs tend to choose instant gratification without thinking of long-term costs. As part of Brain Awareness Week, the radio program With Good Reason will rebroadcast "Willpower and Addiction," with Warren Bickel, director of the Addiction Recovery Research Center of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. Dr. Bickel is looking at ways to curb addiction by increasing the value of future rewards in the minds of addicts.
Also part of the broadcast: Call it java, brew, mud, or just coffee. Many people can't conceive of starting their day without their dose of caffeine. Lisa Pawloski of George Mason University is a part of team of researchers who say coffee may reduce the risk of liver disease. Also featured: Some of us are more apt to succumb to a calorie-rich Frappuccino over a simple cup of coffee. But Niels Christiensen of Radford University says there are ways to avoid unhealthy decisions and strengthen your willpower.
For other listening times across the region during Brain Awareness Week, visit the With Good Reason website.