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This webinar will focus on the addiction topic in Unit 3 Issues and Options in Psychology to include
• Describing addiction: physical and psychological dependence, tolerance and withdrawal syndrome.
• Risk factors in the development of addiction, including genetic vulnerability, stress, personality, family influences and peers.
• Explanations for nicotine addiction: brain neurochemistry, including the role of dopamine, and learning theory as applied to smoking behaviour, including reference to cue reactivity.
• Explanations for gambling addiction: learning theory as applied to gambling, including reference to partial and variable reinforcement; cognitive theory as applied to gambling, including reference to cognitive bias.
• Reducing addiction: drug therapy; behavioural interventions, including aversion therapy and covert sensitisation; cognitive behaviour therapy.
• The application of the following theories of behaviour change to addictive behaviour; the theory of planned behaviour and Prochaska’s six-stage model of behaviour change.

There will also be a focus on the types of questions which may be asked including student response. A student workbook will also be provided with activities to help with the teaching of approaches.

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