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Addiction included in PBS series on inner workings of brain

August 13, 2015
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A new PBS science series that will help viewers understand why they feel and think the way they do will include an addiction component, incorporating the story of an addicted woman who tries to train her brain to suppress urges to use. “The Brain with Dr. David Eagleman,” featuring six one-hour episodes, premieres on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Eagleman is a neuroscientist who directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action at the Baylor College of Medicine, where he also heads the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. PBS press material for the series states that Eagleman “will take viewers on a fascinating journey through our inner cosmos, exploring the brain's neural landscape while asking profound questions like 'What is reality?' and 'Who is in control?'”

In the addiction-related content of the series, the viewer will see brain images of a woman who has used crack cocaine for decades and is exposed to drug-using imagery and other stimuli designed to induced cravings.

Eagleman's New York Times bestselling book Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain explored the aspects of neural function to which humans have no access. Among awards that Eagleman has received, the Society for Neuroscience honored him as its Science Educator of the Year.

If you tune in on the six Wednesdays in which the series will run, you can say you're engaged in the PBS science and nature programming that its executives refer to as making up “the smartest night on television.”



I am a 55 yr.woman who is severely addicted to prescribed pain medication due to an injury. Now I am using them IV and have been trying to get help due to no resources I have not been able to do so. I am very interested in addiction (I have a Minor in Addiction Counseling) and would love to know more about the brain and addiction. I seen that PBS was doing a series on the inner workings on brain and would be a willing participant if needed. I think drug addiction is the worst disease as it affects every aspect of one's life and no matter how hard one tries it is almost impossible to do without the help of professionals. We need to do more to help addicts as it is becoming one of the biggest killers in the United States.

Thanks for the heads up on the upcoming PBS series. I've been interested in how neurotransmitters (serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine) work in the brain during intoxication and what their role is in addiction. I'm sure the PBS series will be very informative. Thanks again.

Gary Enos


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