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ASNet Podcast Directory


The podcasts are listed in three directories on this page. The first is a simple chronological listing with the newest podcasts found on the top of the list. The list is revised as new podcasts and episodes are added.The second is a listings of podcasts in our Addiction Science Training Series. Podcasts are listed here in logical order that builds the knowledge base necessary for successive podcasts. It is strongly advised that the listener follow the explicit order given there to fully understand the material contained in each podcast. The last listing contains special interest podcasts on miscellaneous topics that are optional for those who are following the Addiction Science Training Series and may be of interest to a more general audience.

ASNet Podcast Copyright Notice and
Introduction to the our Podcast Channel

These podcasts are copyrighted 2012 by the Addiction Science Network. They are produced in collaboration with the State University of New York at Buffalo and are provided solely for educational purposes. Podcasts can be downloaded from www.AddictionScience.net. Transcripts are also available for some podcasts at our website as are other documents and commentaries regarding drug addiction and select topics on psychopharmacology. The podcasts can be copied and freely distributed provided the source is acknowledged and provided they are not edited in a manner which changes the fundamental meaning of the selected passages when quoted out of context of the entire presentation. Correspondence from professional colleagues is welcomed and can be sent to info@AddictionScience.net. We do not offer clinical services nor do we usually have time to reply to questions e-mailed from the general public. We do have, however, a Discussion Forum where your comments, questions, and feedback are welcomed. When listening please keep in mind that these podcasts are targeted for academic and professional listeners; everyone is invited to share any information they find useful, but our target audience is NOT the general public. Finally, please note that the Addiction Science Network is the sole author of this work, and views and opinions expressed herein should not be construed as official policy of the State University of New York.


Notification of New Podcasts
Those wishing to receive automatic notification when new podcasts are available should subscribe to RSS feeds from the ASNet Discussion Forum. Notification of new podcasts will be included in our normal ASNet Updates. Click here to learn more about our RSS feeds. Otherwise, check this page regularly for our podcast listings and to learn what new podcast are currently being produced.


Podcasts from the Addiction Science Network

You can listen to the podcasts as streaming audio without downloading, or you can download a copy of the presentation onto your computer. (Before distributing downloaded copies or using excerpts from our podcasts, please take a moment to read our copyright notice and fair-use policy presented above.) Click on the podcast title to listen to the presentation as steaming audio. Click on the size, length to download the actual mp3 file when available.


Chronological Listings of All Podcasts
(Newest on top; see below for logical sequence)
Click on a title to listen to streaming audio without downloading
Length
Theories of Addiction (part-2: personality-disorder through
tension reduction models)
[download only]
16.1 min
Theories of Addiction (part-1: introduction & overview) [download only]
51.2 min
A Primer on Psychopharmacology (part-8: importance of conditioning effects)
12.3 min
A Primer on Psychopharmacology (part-7: using translational research to
estimate the period of increased vulnerability for relapse to cocaine addiction)

11.0 min
A Primer on Psychopharmacology (part-6: characteristics of sensitization
and its proposed role in drug addiction)
19.7 min
A Primer on Psychopharmacology (part-5: tolerance, dependence, & withdrawal) 53.2 min
A Primer on Psychopharmacology (part-4: LMA, dopamine, mood & affect) 8.2 min
A Primer on Psychopharmacology (part-3: DEA drug regulations & marijuana)
24.1 min
A Primer on Psychopharmacology (part-2: dose-response analysis)
29.2 min
Addiction is an Equal Opportunity Affliction
7.7 min
Welcome and Introduction to the Addiction Science Network Training Series 1.9 min
A Primer on Psychopharmacology (part-1: pharmacokinetics) 60.3 min
Essential Concepts for Understanding Addiction (part-2)
53.5 min
Essential Concepts for Understanding Addiction (part-1)
59.6 min
Why Distinguishing Drug Dependence from Drug Addiction is Important 8.0 min
Why Distinguishing Drug Abuse from Drug Addiction is Important
7.6 min
E=MC(2) and the Science of Addiction 7.2 min
New Opioid-Based Medication Prescribing Guidelines 4.5 min
Defining Addiction: What are the Necessary Attributes? 11.5 min
A Primer on Addiction 15.6 min.

ASNet Addiction Training Series

To obtain maximum benefit from our podcasts as part of a training program in the scientific study of addiction, we strongly urge our listeners to progress through the podcast in the sequence specified below. Those not interested in our training program are welcomed to select those podcasts that interest them, but please be advised that you may not be able to achieve the learning objectives without the proper foundation provided by systematic progression through the series. Additional podcasts will continue this series building a solid foundation for understanding drug addiction.Note that the optional podcasts including in this directory are not a necessary component of our training series; instead, they offer commentary are topics related to the main themes of the series. These podcast are offered free as a public service of the Addiction Science Network. Donations to help support this work are appreciated but not necessary to use our services.


Module-1: Basic Concepts in Addiction
Click on a title to listen to streaming audio without downloading. Length
Welcome and Introduction to the Addiction Science Network Training Series
1.9 min
A Primer on Addiction 15.6 min
E=MC(2) and the Science of Addiction 7.2 min
Defining Addiction: What are the Necessary Attributes?
11.5 min
Why Distinguishing Drug Abuse from Drug Addiction is Important 7.6 min
Why Distinguishing Drug Dependence from Drug Addiction is Important 8.0 min
The Problem of Addiction
Essential Concepts for Understanding Addiction (part-1)
59.6 min
Essential Concepts for Understanding Addiction (part-2)
53.5 min
Addiction is an Equal Opportunity Affliction 7.7 min
A Primer on Psychopharmacology (part-1: pharmacokinetics)
60.3 min
A Primer on Psychopharmacology (part-2: dose-response analysis)
29.2 min
A Primer on Psychopharmacology (part-3: DEA drug regulations & marijuana) 24.1 min
A Primer on Psychopharmacology (part-4: LMA, dopamine, mood & affect) 8.2 min
A Primer on Psychopharmacology (part-5: tolerance, dependence, & withdrawal)
53.2 min
A Primer on Psychopharmacology (part-6: characteristics of sensitization
and its proposed role in drug addiction)

19.7 min
A Primer on Psychopharmacology (part-7: using translational research to
estimate the period of increased vulnerability for relapse to cocaine addiction)
11.0 min
A Primer on Psychopharmacology (part-8: importance of conditioning effects) 12.3 min
Primer on Psychopharmacology (part-9: drug classification and effects)



Module-2: Theories of Addiction and
Methods of Studying Drug Reinforcement
Click on a title to download and listen to using your mp3 player.
Theories of Addiction (part-1: introduction & overview) 51.2 min
Theories of Addiction (part-2: personality disorder through
tension-reduction models)
16.1 min
Theories of Addiction (part-3: reinforcement & neuroadaptive models,
path analysis & a psychobiological model)

Studying Drug Reinforcement: Preclinical Methods (part-1: CPP & IVSA [pt.-A])

Studying Drug Reinforcement: Preclinical Methods (part-2: IVSA [pt.-B] & BSR)

Studying Drug Reinforcement: Clinical Methods



Module-3: The Biological Basis of Addiction
Production of this module is expected to begin in November
The Neurobiology of Brain Reward Systems (part-1)

The Neurobiology of Brain Reward Systems (part-2)

Psychomotor Stimulants (part-1)

Psychomotor Stimulants (part-2)

Opioids (part-1)

Opioids (part-2)




General Interest Podcasts
Click on a title to listen to streaming audio without downloading. Length
E=MC(2) and the Science of Addiction 7.2 min
New Opioid-Based Medication Prescribing Guidelines 4.5 min
Drug Addiction as a "Disease"
Dr. Phil's Addiction 10.4min
Why Distinguishing Drug Abuse from Drug Addiction is Important 7.6 min
Why Distinguishing Drug Dependence from Drug Addiction is Important 8.0 min
Addiction is an Equal Opportunity Affliction 7.7 min
A Primer on Psychopharmacology (part-3: DEA drug regulations & marijuana) 24.1 min
A Primer on Psychopharmacology (part-4: LMA, dopamine, mood & affect) 8.2 min

ASNet Primer on Addiction

The material from our Primer on Addiction, including a discussion of The Nature of Addiction, is now available as a podcast in MP3 format. This podcast serves as a general introduction to the study of addiction and is a prelude for the scientific analysis of addictive behavior discussed in later podcasts. See below to download this podcast.

The primary learning objectives for this podcast are to:

  1. Learn that addiction is a behavioral syndrome which may or may not be accompanied by physical dependence on the drug
  2. Learn about prototypic addictive drugs and their role in studying drug addiction
  3. Learn about the motivational hierarchy important in normal and in addictive behavior
  4. Learn about motivational toxicity and the two components that can create this condition
  5. Learn what two features distinguish addiction from normal behavior and thus reinforce the notion of addiction as a behavioral syndrome

Secondary learning objectives include to:

  1. Learn how the addict’s perceived feelings of “loss of control” fit well with behavioral definitions of addiction
  2. Learn about the general nature of addiction and develop an awareness of its biological basis
  3. Understand that psychological states such as drug craving and euphoria may reflect the biological mechanisms of addiction but not necessarily cause the addiction

Click here to download the podcast (length 15min37sec, file size 14.6 MB). Note: The podcast generally follows the transcript of the text available online with only a few embellishments and readers familiar with the written text need not download the podcast


ASNet Defining Addiction:
What are the necessary attributes?

(Note: We are admittedly releasing this podcast and printed commentary on the ASNet Discussion Forum prematurely, before we've had time to edit and to re-cut the audio to produce a better, more professional podcast. Requests from a few subscribers for more podcasts ASAP have encouraged us to throw away pride and release these 'rough drafts' to the public. Rather than disseminate the podcast to a select group, we decided to release this preliminary version publicly. We anticipate small editorial changes to the printed document intended to improve clarity, and we expect to re-cut the entire audio tape at a later date. For those who can't wait, the (rehearsal version of ) podcast is now available for download.)

This podcast briefly discusses the various characteristics of an addiction that are often used to define this condition. It argues that the primary characteristics that usually serve to define addiction unnecessarily complicate its definition and that a concise, 25-word-or-less definition of addiction suffices. The ASNet definition focuses on a single defining attribute -- the motivational strength of the drug -- from which the other characteristics of an addiction can be deduced easily using simple cause-effect logic.

The primary learning objectives of this podcast are to:

  1. Explain why our succinct definition of addiction is sufficient for most purposes
  2. Better understand the importance of semantics in scientific discourse
  3. Discuss briefly some of the other characteristics of an addiction
Click here to download the podcast (length 11min48sec, file size 10.5MB).


ASNet Drug Classification and Effects

This podcast describes the basic scheme used to classify drugs and briefly examines the primary and important secondary effects of drugs in each classification. The classification scheme used here focuses on the psychotropic effects of these drugs, but largely follows (with a few important exceptions) the therapeutic effects of these compounds. Printed text showing the drug classification scheme is available here. A further listing of drugs by popular street names is available here. See below to download this podcast.

The primary learning objectives of this podcast are to:

  1. Learn the various drug classes of special interest to drug abuse specialists and psychopharmacologists
  2. Learn the general effects associated with each drug class
  3. Learn the main drugs which comprise each drug class, including the popular street and proprietary names for some commonly used and abused drugs

Secondary learning objectives include to:

  1. Learn about the DEA/CSA classification scheme with emphasis on the organizational logic and examples of some key drugs seemingly misclassified
  2. Understand how federal regulations supersede regulation at the state level, except in cases where state or other jurisdictions further restrict drug access
  3. Understand why "medical marijuana" is unlikely to ever be approved by the FDA and other key regulatory agencies in the United States and hence never truly legal despite grassroots efforts across the country and the passing of medical marijuana legislation by individual states

IN PROGRESS: you can later Click here to download the podcast (length xxminxxsec, file size xxMB). Note: This podcast is a full length presentation which supplements the material found on our Drug Classification web page, and listeners are advised to review that page in conjunction with this podcast.



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