A study out of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Virginia Commonwealth University has taken a look at the brain function of cocaine users, proving that brain communication in people addicted to cocaine does differ from that of people who are not addicted. Traditional studies of the brain use functional MRI analysis to track regional brain activity. This study, however, used a different method described below to determine the altered activity and brain communication in cocaine users.

“The researchers in this study took fMRI analysis one step further to decipher the connections and direction of information flow between brain regions in both cocaine and non-cocaine users, using a fMRI-based technique called Dynamic Causal Modeling. The DCM-based imaging provides a new tool to study brain connectivity and strategize the design and development of medications that can boost and/or restore such impairment in cocaine use disorder.”

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