Total CE Credit Hours: 1.25
Course Info URL: https://www.addictioncounselorce.com/courses/103162
About the Course:
Gambling disorder is a behavioral addiction associated with impairments in value-based decision-making and cognitive control. These functions are thought to be regulated by dopamine within fronto-striatal circuits, but the role of altered dopamine neurotransmission in the etiology of gambling disorder remains controversial. Preliminary evidence suggests that increasing frontal dopamine tone might improve cognitive functioning in gambling disorder. We therefore examined whether increasing frontal dopamine tone via a single dose of the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) inhibitor tolcapone would reduce risky choice in human gamblers.
This course is based on the reading-based online article, Dopamine and Risky Decision-Making in Gambling Disorder created by Jan Peters, PhD and Taylor Vega in 2020.
Publication Date:May/June 2020, 7(3) ENEURO.0461-19.2020 1–13 2020
Course Material Authors
Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.
Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
- Understand the elements of what defines a gambling disorder
- Recognize the importance of the role of dopamine in gambling disorder
- Identify the behavioral implications and cognitive impairment that can be associated with gambling disorder
- Analyze the results of the article discussed by Peters and colleagues in their 2020 article
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