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Cognitive Biases in Cannabis, Opioid, and Stimulant Disorders: A Systematic Review

About the Course:

The course is a systematic review focusing on attention bias, and approach bias in those with cannabis use disorder, opioid use disorder and stimulant use disorders. The authors posit that cognitive bias is a determining factor in substance use, addiction and relapse. The review covers a myriad of studies both in the US and internationally. This is a research intensive course.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Cognitive Biases in Cannabis, Opioid, and Stimulant Disorders: A Systematic Review created by Melvyn W. B. Zhang, Jiangbo Ying, and Tracey Wing in 2018.

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Course Material Authors

Melvyn W. B. Zhang

Dr. Melvyn Zhang Weibin is a ST-4 with the National Health Group (Singapore) Psychiatry Residency program. He has a keen interest in information technology and coupled with his passion in Mental Health, he has been a strong advocate of using technology to enhance mental health’s education, research and treatment. Dr. Zhang has published more than 10 articles in peer reviewed journals.

Jiangbo Ying

Jiangbo Ying is a researcher at the National Psychiatry Residency Program, National Healthcare Group, Singapore, Singapore. He has published more than 20 articles in peer reviewed journals.

Tracey Wing

Tracey Wing is researcher with the Institute of Mental Health, Singapore. She has published 7 articles in peer reviewed journals.

Course Creator

L.A. Rankin

L.A. Rankin is a social worker with experience in many different settings with a variety of clients. She has worked with dementia and Alzheimers patients, dual diagnosis MH/MR, in a battered women’s shelter, and a rape crisis center. She also has 11 years of experience as a child protective social worker, where she earned certificates in domestic abuse/family violence and substance abuse.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all intermediate of knowledge. This content is at an intermediate level.

Course Objectives:

  1. Acknowledge that cognitive bias is a factor in both addiction and relapse.

  2. Identify the ways in which attention bias and approach bias impact addiction.

  3. Summarize the need for bias modification interventions.

Course Material

References begin on page 16.

Course Material

Course Material - Alternate Version

The course material link above is best for printing on paper, but includes many charts that are displayed sideways when reading online. This link goes to the same article, but in a format that displays the data tables in a more readable way.

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Course Number 102748
2 credit hours
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