This is a course about addiction to drugs and other behaviors. It will describe what happens in the brain and how this information helps us deal with and overcome addiction. It will also discuss other topics such as government policy and our vulnerability to take drugs.
Annecompleted this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I was disappointed with the content and delivery of the material. I found the material disjointed... part of the course was a VERY basic survey of the various classes of drugs with their definitions, then we were shown the chemistry of these substances and how they interact with the brain. Perhaps I assumed too much... that the course would cover our current understanding of addiction, i.e., the long-term effects of addiction on the brain, genetic pre-disposition, comparative relapse and recovery statistics per class of drug, etc. I was hoping for state-of-the-art science/data, rather than what appeared to be simply a rehash of the classes of drugs followed by their basic chemical reactions in the brain. If I wanted only that information, I could have looked it up on Google in an hour. Unfortunately, I found the professor dronish and as unsatisfying as the material. Thank you, Anne
I place a high value on this class for knowing how the brain works on a reward level and the complexities of the changes in the brain brought about by addicting substances. I postulate then that the neuroplastic brain through proper stimulation physically can improve as well and this motivates me to upgrade the quality of my food and mental intake. I want to be brimming with the dopamine brought on by healthy choices. The professor is superior in every way. I want to thank him very much for his invaluable work in the development of the PET scan and his clear and compelling presentation of his knowledge in this tightly organized course. Best to you! Lynn Delaney
The course explains very clearly, for non-experts, how drugs work in the brain. I love that the material is presented in a calm and non-judgmental way. The course helps one to step back from the apparent chaos that addiction can create, and to think about it and act in a constructive manner.
Kathryn is taking this course right now, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
The instructor carefully explains many things about drug-taking that would otherwise be difficult for a learner to understand. His attitude is non-judgmental, and empathetic. I especially recommend this course to anyone who is a parent of an addicted person, and who wants to help and support that person in an informed manner.
Poor course. Content is shallow, despite the Professor's impressive credentials. He seems more concerned about telling people not to take drugs than in getting into the science. Quizzes are ridiculously easy.
Emielcompleted this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
The course was very informational. The educator knows what he is talking about. The subject is very interesting and the educator knows how to make abstract information interesting. All with all a great course.
Don't take this course if you are science (chemistry/biology/neurobiology) student. The course is super shallow. It's rather meant for general public. Main message of the course is "don't use drugs" and not a scientific data.
I found this course poorly structured and very superficial. It doesn't go into detail about effects of substances and their mechanisms, but rather briefly mentions them. And basically about every substance the lecturer says "it causes addiction, brain changes, develops withdrawal... abuse is prevalent and dangerous". I don't see any value in taking course that says "cocaine makes you high". IMHO either you should go into detailed molecular mechanisms about each drug referring papers or just mention them all in one video saying "drugs are bad and addictive". Waste of time so far and I'm halfway through course