Mouse Party…

Mouse Party

I remember when I was in college I knew a guy who always complained of a tooth ache. Weeks went by and he would never eat anything because of his tooth. One day I bumped into him on in front of Sproul Hall and I asked him how is tooth was. He said it was fine. I was glad to hear that he finally saw a dentist, but when I he told me that he hadn’t I asked how he solved his problem. He was quick to answer: cocaine.

Of COURSE! Cocaine is sometimes used as a topical (applied to the surface layer) anesthetic.

Heroin, Ecstasy, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Alcohol, Cocaine, and LSD…all drugs that of us are familiar with. One is legal in the US of A, a handful are gate way drugs used by many high schoolers and college students. Now, the University of Utah has developed a clever way to teach their students of how these drugs affect the chemistry of the brain. At the Genetics Learning Center at the University of Utah, professors are using a unique way to teach how drugs alter the brain’s reward pathway.

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For example, here you are told that alcohol particularly effects areas of the brain involved in memory function, decision making and impulse control. Then you are taken into the brain of a mouse.

Just a fun thing I thought I share. You can play with it here:

The New Science of Addiction : Mouse Party

P.S. For some of you non-science people, Dopamine, Serotonin, GABA are different types of neurotransmitters, which are chemicals that relay, amplify and modulate signals.

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