Methods of Assessing the Reinforcing Properties of Abused Drugs

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Reinstatement of Drug-Taking Behavior as a Method of Assessing Incentive Motivational Properties of Drugs

  • Jane StewartAffiliated withCenter for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology, Department of Psychology, Concordia University
  • , Harriet de WitAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, University of Chicago

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Noncontingent “priming” presentations of positive reinforcers (or incentive events) can enhance and reinstate previously acquired instrumental responding for these reinforcers. We describe how this phenomenon may be used to study the motivational control of drug-taking behavior and the relapse to drug-taking in drug-free individuals.