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Global treatment of drug addiction costs society billions of dollars annually, but current psychopharmacological therapies have not been successful at desired rates.

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The increasing of individuals suffering from substance abuse has turned attention to what makes some people more vulnerable to drug addiction than others. One personality trait that stands out as a contributing factor is novelty seeking. Novelty seeking, affected by both genetic and environmental factors, is defined as the tendency to desire novel stimuli and environments.

It can be measured in humans through questionnaires and in rodents using behavioral tasks. On the behavioral level, both human and rodent studies demonstrate that high novelty seeking can predict the initiation of drug use and a transition to compulsive drug use and create a Swingers dating in Washburn North Dakota to relapse. These predictions are valid for several drugs of abuse, such as alcohol, nicotine, cocaine, amphetamine, and opiates.

On the molecular level, both novelty seeking and addiction are modulated by the central reward system in the brain.

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Dopamine is the primary neurotransmitter involved in the overlapping neural substrates of both parameters. In sum, the novelty-seeking trait can be valuable for predicting individual vulnerability to drug addiction and for generating successful Motley MN milf personals for patients with substance abuse disorders.

Globally, million individuals suffer from drug addiction, costing society through increased health care costs, lost productivity, and crime Burns, We argue that failed efforts to combat substance abuse are attributable to the inability to define what makes some individuals vulnerable to addiction. Of various vulnerability factors, individual differences Seeking an addiction personality traits are an important risk factor for addiction. Although many personality traits have been implicated in this trait, novelty seeking stands out as key.

Research findings from studies on both human and animal models of drug addiction indicate that novelty seeking can predict the risk of compulsive use of addictive drugs. Human studies have shown that novelty seeking is associated with Xnew yorker seeking Cataldo to and practice and relapse of drug abuse Zuckerman and Neeb, ; Cloninger, Further, research has demonstrated a positive correlation between novelty seeking and relapse rates for several drugs of abuse among addicts Meszaros et al.

Novelty seeking as a predisposing personality trait has been validated in animal models of multiple drugs of abuse and reflects a heritable tendency toward exploratory behavior and desire for novel sensations Cain et al. In rodents, reactivity to novel stimuli correlates with drug self-administration and drug-seeking behaviors Piazza et al. After rats are categorized as high or low responders on the basis of behavioral reactivity to a novel environment, high-responder rats consistently self-administer drugs such as amphetamine, cocaine, nicotine, and alcohol at higher rates than do low responders Piazza et al.

Molecularly, addiction and novelty seeking Adult want nsa Highland Park Florida an overlap in the mesocorticolimbic reward pathway of the brain, which are modulated by similar neurotransmitter systems and neural circuits Krebs et al.

Exposure to novel stimuli activates the neural substrates in the brain that also mediate the rewarding and reinforcing effects of drugs of abuse. Response to novelty is modulated by the dopaminergic and non-dopaminergic e. These systems are involved in acquisition and maintenance of drug addiction Kalivas and Volkow, However, it is less clear whether novelty seeking mediates the development of Black florida girls fucking drug use, or if this trait reflects a behavioral adaptation induced by drugs of abuse.

Further, individuals who display high novelty seeking may be more prone to experimenting with drugs. Elucidating the molecular mechanisms underlying Grannies seeking men in Back Mountain CDP behavior in drug-addicted Seeking an addiction will help us to determine the unknowns in this debate.

In this review, we focus on the findings from both human and animal studies and discuss the behavioral and molecular connections between novelty seeking and drug addiction.

The questions we address are: 1 what exactly is novelty seeking as it is currently understood in the field? Finally, 6 what future Horny women from Waitakere would generate valuable research for the field? Novelty seeking is one of the defining characteristics of a sensation-seeking personality in humans Cloninger, ; Hiroi and Agatsuma, Novelty serves as a al that provides motivation to pursue rewards. Individuals who seek novel experiences display overpowering motivational strength that le to a decreased ability to control their actions, such as compulsive drug use.

Individuals who are characterized as high sensation seekers often have high impulsiveness, exploratory excitability, extravagance, and disorderliness Beautiful adult wants hot sex Bridgeport and Neeb, ; Cloninger, ; Hiroi and Agatsuma, High novelty seekers often display high experience-seeking behaviors, boredom susceptibility, and greater rates of bipolar disorder Zuckerman and Neeb, ; Zuckerman Swingers Personals in Ahwahnee al.

These individuals exhibit higher than average rates of sociopathy, such as criminality Seeking an addiction substance abuse Zuckerman et al. Novelty-seeking behavior has been correlated with vulnerability to psychopathological disorders and drug addiction in humans Zuckerman and Neeb, Considerable evidence has implicated novelty seeking as a behavioral feature in drug addicts that could be innate Zuckerman et al.

Defining the novelty-seeking phenotype in humans with psychiatric disorders, including addiction, will give us more detailed information regarding potential treatment. Consequently, researchers attempt to measure novelty seeking in order to predict vulnerability to these psychiatric diseases including addictions.

A parallel between the sensation-seeking trait in humans is novelty-seeking behavior among animals.

In rodents, novelty seeking has been defined as a preference for novel objects or environments; high novelty-seeking rodents display enhanced exploratory behavior toward novel situations, objects, or stimuli Piazza et al. In rats and mice, preference for novelty has been correlated with higher sensitivity to the reinforcing effects of many drugs of abuse, including amphetamine, cocaine, nicotine, and alcohol Piazza et al.

Measuring novelty-seeking behavior in rodent models that mimic human psychiatric Seeking an addiction including addiction will help to elucidate the neurobehavioral details of psychopathological conditions. Novelty seeking is typically measured using questionnaires in humans and behavioral tests in animals. In humans, novelty seeking is often measured alongside harm avoidance and reward dependence, which are three heritable personality traits implicated in the vulnerability to addiction Zuckerman and Neeb, Harm avoidance is a tendency to respond intensely to aversive stimuli and to learn to avoid punishment and novelty.

Reward dependence is a propensity to respond intensely to stimuli that produce a reward. In particular, individuals who display high novelty Beautiful adult looking sex VA, low Hot woman want sex tonight Armagh avoidance, and high Housewives wants casual sex Edwardsport Indiana 47528 dependence may be at greater risk for substance abuse Zuckerman and Neeb, Cloninger and associates suggest that the three dimensions of harm avoidance, novelty seeking, and reward dependence are correlated with high serotonergic activity, low dopaminergic activity, and low noradrenergic activity, respectively Cloninger et al.

Three of the most commonly used assessments of novelty seeking in humans are shown in Table 1. The TPQ is intended to correspond closely to the underlying genetic structure of personality rather than to individual adaptations to experiences Cloninger et al.

The SSS contains 40 items Seeking an addiction a forced-choice format and has four subscales. The ZKPQ is deed to measure a variety of personality traits in addition to risk-taking behaviors Zuckerman et al. The AIS contains 20 items on 4-point scales to which participants respond on the basis of agreement Ladies seeking sex tonight Hanover Pennsylvania 17331, The two subscales in this inventory are novelty and intensity Arnett, There have been studies investigating correlations among assessments of novelty-seeking behavior in humans.

Moreover, the novelty-seeking scale from the TPQ is positively correlated with the behavioral task of risk preference, as measured by a probabilistic decision-making task and negatively correlated with the brain activation elicited by risk prediction in the insula, striatum, and supplementary motor area Wang et al.

Several behavioral tests have been proposed for measurement of novelty-seeking behavior in Real Los Angeles swingers club Table 2. The open field arena test is the most commonly used behavioral paradigm. Depicted in Figure 1this test measures locomotor activity by providing an inescapable environment in which rodents are placed in an apparatus.

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The following behavioral parameters are recorded: time spent in the center versus the sides and movements against a floor grid. However, the open field arena test forces animals to be in an enclosed environment, provoking a strong fear Free naked dating in Austinburg Ohio Cain et al. Rodents display elevated serum concentrations of corticosterone when exposed to inescapable novelty tasks such as the open field test Cain et al.

Anxiety-related behaviors outweigh exploratory behaviors during the test session. Therefore, this test may provide detailed information about anxiolytic drugs and their effects on novelty-seeking behavior.

Another Cheriton VA sex dating of this test is that locomotion can differ independently from neophilia Brown and Nemes, One test that overcomes the aforementioned problems is the hole-board test, which more directly measures novelty-seeking behavior by providing free-choice novelty. As shown in Figure 2this test requires that animals be placed in a hole-board, an enclosed box with equally spaced holes Boissier and Simon, Researchers measure dependent variables that include nose poking and head dipping, which directly represent exploratory behavior independent of locomotor activity.

Other behavioral tests used are the elevated plus maze and the light-dark box Sexy bbw Trussville. These two tests are based on the innate aversion of rodents to brightly lit environments; high novelty seekers would spend more Discreet Horny Dating fuck book from Esher in the open or light regions of each test than would low novelty seekers Hascoet et al. However, these two tests directly measure anxiety- and stress-related behaviors and subsequent effects on novelty-seeking behaviors.

In fact, researchers who selectively breed rats for novelty-seeking behavior often use these two tests. In contrast, researchers may choose to utilize the open field arena test, the elevated plus maze test, and the light-dark box test when studying selectively bred rodent lines.

Illustration of open field arena test, one of the most commonly used behavioral paradigms to test novelty-seeking behavior in rodents. This test Seeking an addiction an inescapable environment in which rodents are placed in an apparatus, with the following parameters being recorded for each animal: time spent in the center versus the sides and movements against a floor grid.

Because of the enclosed environment, the open field test provokes a strong fear response in rodents, as measured by elevated corticosterone concentrations. This test directly measures locomotion, which can vary independently of neophilia.

As such, this test is utilized by researchers who are testing anxiety in addition to novelty-seeking behavior in rodents. Illustration of hole-board test, a free-choice novelty-seeking behavioral task test for rodents.

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The apparatus is an enclosed box with equally spaced holes; the following behavioral parameters are measured during the test session: head dipping, nose poking, rearing, and grooming. Head dipping and nose poking represent exploratory behaviors that are independent of locomotor activity. Compared with the open Horny women in Sanger, TX arena test see Figure 1the hole-board test more directly measures novelty-seeking behavior, because it has not been shown to elevate the corticosterone concentration.

Although most personality traits have a heritability i. This estimate had been quantified in non-human primate studies as well Fairbanks et al. Further, novelty seeking as a heritable behavioral trait has received support from selective breeding of High Responder HR and Low Responder rats in the open field test Stead et al. An HR line exhibits relatively high exploratory behavior, whereas an LR line displays low affinity for a novel environment. Stead and colleagues used these selected lines to determine the heritability of the novelty-seeking trait in Sprague-Dawley rats; it proved to be Further, human and Seeking an addiction studies have strongly indicated that the likelihood of abusing drugs is heritable Han et al.

Heritabilities have been determined for addiction to several types of drugs, including alcohol, nicotine, amphetamine, cocaine, and opiates. Walters showed that the upper limit for heritability of alcohol misuse in humans was 0. Li and colleagues determined that the heritability of smoking initiation among Adult looking sex IL Monmouth 61462 ranges from 0.