When you engage in recreational gambling, you're not simply playing against the odds – you're battling an enemy trained in the art of deceit and subterfuge who uses human nature against you.
University course designers are harnessing the addictive quality of video games to develop 'Serious educational games' that engage and motivate students.
Why do some people love roller coasters while others hate them?
Unravelling the story of how a simple neurotransmitter led to the development of a drug for Parkinson's disease.
While drugs have been developed to treat HIV and AIDS, the virus can still lie dormant in the brain, increasing the risk for brain disease such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.
Though the World Health Organization has declared "gaming disorder" an addiction, its – and others' – concerns about technology use and alleged addiction don't hold up to scholarly scrutiny.
Our society and culture play a big part in what our brain sees as rewarding.
Scientists are just starting to understand how your parents' genes and experiences might shape your own susceptibility to dangerous drugs. Could that help to stop addictions before they start?
Cocaine is the second most commonly used illicit substance in Australia, after marijuana.
High fructose corn syrup in food and drinks has long been linked to rising rates of child and teen obesity. New evidence suggests it increases the risks of opioid addiction and overdose too.
Drug addiction isn't about bad habits, fear of withdrawal or a selfish search for pleasure. It's about the brain.
Why we love our phones so much might be related to our basic yearnings as human beings, explains a scholar, who is also a pastor.
Research has yielded new insights into Parkinson's disease, and treatments are expanding. But a shortage of doctors trained in the disease leaves a gap in care.
2017 marks the 200th anniversary since the 1817 publication of Dr James Parkinson’s seminal work on what he called the "Shaking Palsy".
The festive season is an intense time of year. Neuroscience can shed some light on what it does to our brains.
Are you impulsive and easily bored? You may be a thrill seeker.
Smoking causes 96,000 premature deaths a year in the UK. The fact that it protects against Parkinson's disease is not a reason to take up the habit.
Scientists have found that there are many physical and mental benefits to volunteering.
College students who take stimulants such as Adderall to get an academic edge might be setting themselves up unknowingly to a vicious cycle of substance abuse and addiction.
Dopamine: a powerful substance that is much more than just a pleasure chemical.