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The Psychology of Addiction

Alcohol- and drug consumption can lead to several negative consequences in the society, for example; reduced health, poorer relationships, and crimes. The addiciton to alcohol and other drugs are considered as one of our major public health issues. The consequences of an addiction are several. It affects the individual as well as relatives, work situation, and other people in society.

Research group: Addiction Psychology: Experimental and Clinical research (APEC) 


In the research group Addiction Psychology: Experimental and Clinical research (APEC) we are especially interested in different psychological processes, for example thought, emotions and behaviour, in relation to use of alcohol and other drugs. Our research focuses on both immediate and long term effects of alchol and drug use, and what psychological risk factors that could contribute to develop an addiction. Included are effects on fetuses and the growing baby, that is, long term consequences of consuming alcohol during pregnancy. We also study how commissions are performed, what methods of assessment should be used, and what psychological treatments that are effective for addiction treatment. In addition, we also study how alcohol affects memory and cognition among witnesses to crime and how the police best should conduct investigative interviews with such witnesses.


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