Nora D. Volkow is director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse. Before her appointment in 2003, she held various positions at Brookhaven National Laboratory and also served as professor of psychiatry and associate dean for the medical school at Stony Brook University. In her research, she was first to use imaging technology to investigate neurochemical changes associated with addiction Image: NIDA
Mounting evidence shows that compulsive eating and drug abuse engage some of the same brain circuits in similar ways, offering a new angle for understanding and treating obesity. In an interview with Scientific American, Nora D. Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse and a pioneer in the study of addiction, explains.
How do foods and drugs affect the brain in the same way?
This article was originally published with the title This is Your Brain on Food.