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Psychology: University Interactive Talk on Understanding Addiction With Dr Louis Renoult From University of East Anglia

May 8 @ 13:35 - 14:20

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In this Psychology session, Dr Louis Renoult, Associate Professor in Psychology in the School of Psychology at University of East Anglia, will run an interactive talk for students on Understanding Addiction.

He will start by evoking a noteworthy case of drug addiction, then briefly discuss psychoactive drugs use through evolution, as well as the important concept of motivational systems (that are thought to have evolved to bring organisms in contact with potentially beneficial resources, and away from danger).

Dr Renoult will then explain the role of the neurotransmitter Dopamine in reward, its link with psychoactive drugs, and the typical points of influence of drugs in the brain.

The material discussed constitutes a taster for lectures in Cognitive and Biological Psychology in the first 2 years of the BSc in Psychology at UEA.


Lecturer Profile: Dr Louis Renoult


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Psychology and related disciplines. Student groups as well as students and teachers joining individually are very welcome.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the topic in advance and questions they have. Students can also think about questions about studying at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Zoom and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:



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