Seeing the mind; Cues for Cocaine and Normal Pleasures Activate Common Brain Sites


How science emphasized an advanced prospective of viewing the mind, not limited to but understanding stimulation differences in parts of brain and it’s unnatural pleasures versus the brain’s natural pleasures.

Above we are viewing an image taken by a Positron emission tomography (PET, a brain imaging technique). This technique, in a clinical setting demonstrates to us the limbic parts of the brain while a person that is getting treated for cocaine use. It shows how their mind gets stimulated to determine the pleasure it gives them in comparison to a person who has never used cocaine.

(Increased Stimulation is demonstrated in colors at the top right portion of the PET imaging.)

Posner, Michael I. (1993). Seeing the mind. Science, 262(5134), 673-675.

Zickler, P. (2001). Cues for cocaine and normal pleasures activate common brain sites. Nida Notes, 16(2), 1-7.