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Hooked: Why bad habits are hard to break.
Whatever you are hooked on—legal or illegal, from coffee to cocaine—that includes a bad habit difficult to break, that means your brain is changing. Why not just say no? If it were that easy, we would not have problems with addiction, obesity and other impulsive disorders. Neuroscience and brain changes can explain why sometimes we do not have self-control.
Dr. Dolores Vazquez Sanroman is a Neuroscience researcher and an assistant professor at OSU Center for Health Sciences. Her research interests land on understanding the neurobiology of natural reward and drug reward. Nowadays her research focus is directed to understanding the neurobiology of adolescent opioid prescription abuse. Her neuroscience research lab in OSU-CHS aimed to solve research questions on the Neurobiology of Opioid Addiction field. She got her PhD and graduate work in Spain and Italy and her postdoctoral degree in University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. Among their research experience she holds 11 paper peer review publications. Besides research, Dr. Vazquez is the president of Society for Neuroscience Tulsa Chapter and she is a great advocate of research training and outreach among underrepresented populations. In her short period in Tulsa she has successfully mentee native American and Latino high school and undergraduate students, organized for two consecutive years the Brain Awareness Week and performed several human brain demonstrations across the state spreading out neuroscience awareness among Oklahomans.