Using Neuroscience to Think About Prevention

1:30 PM
2:45 PM
Chesapeake D-F


The growing gap between our biology and our environment presents a unique opportunity for exploring the human brain, its strengths, and vulnerabilities in interactive and stimulating ways. The hijacking of the motivation/reward system by addictive drugs offers a compelling example of how this teaching opportunity can be translated into a prevention and education tool for building up resiliency in our communities. This presentation is a friendly yet rigorous science-based universal prevention teaching tool, which will be made available to all attendees. It builds on the growing neuroscientific understanding of human behavior and mental disorders to explain the intrinsic vulnerabilities that emerge from the interaction between biological, developmental, and environmental factors, and the impact that addictive drugs and other toxic influences can have on brain circuitry and behavior.


Ruben Baler
Health Scientist
National Institute on Drug Abuse