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4th Edition of Global Conference on

Addiction Medicine, Behavioral Health and Psychiatry

October 19-21, 2023 | Boston, Massachusetts, USA

GAB 2023

Denis Larrivee

Speaker at Addiction Medicine, Behavioral Health and Psychiatry 2023 - Denis Larrivee
Loyola University Chicago, United States
Title : Affordances vs Task management: Evoking agency and addiction


Neural mechanisms for self regulation feature prominently in studies of addiction, which is characterized by the inability to resist compulsive behavior. Such neural mechanisms involve not just top down processes needed in the execution of decision making events, but also the neural representation of the self/agent, generally regarded as the source of decision making capacity. Impairments of this latter representation can be expected to weaken the ability to enlist capacities for self regulation. How the agent may be represented, nevertheless, has remained an enigma. General models of brain organization increasingly invoke stable networks, termed resting state networks (RSNs), which organize brain activity for the support of diverse brain functions. Much evidence now points toward their involvement in a spectrum of neurological dysfunctions and in psychiatric diseases, such as major depressive disorder autism, attention deficit/hyperactivity and schizophrenia. Hence, they are likely to be impaired  in addiction abnormalities as well. Current work indicates that bodily representation is a key aspect underpinning the source of top down agent mediated events, particularly those associated with motor actions and RSNs associated with this representation could therefore be impaired in addiction. Significantly, diseases of agency like schizophrenia are known to impair bodily representation and to also affect goal directed neural correlates like those of the mirror system. This talk will explore the relationship between the broader representation needed to underpin the agent and resting network brain operation in such cognitive diseases to gain insight into how agent representation may be impaired in addiction.


Dr. Denis Larrivee is a Visiting Scholar at the Mind and Brain Institute, University of Navarra Medical School and Loyola University Chicago and has held professorships at the Weill Cornell University Medical College, NYC, and Purdue University, Indiana. A former fellow at Yale University's Medical School he received the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology's first place award for studies on photoreceptor degenerative and developmental mechanisms. He is the editor of a recently released text on Brain Computer Interfacing with InTech Publishing and an editorial board member of the journals Annals of Neurology and Neurological Sciences (USA) and EC Neurology (UK). An International Neuroethics Society Expert he is the author of more than 95 papers and book chapters in such varied journals/venues as Neurology and Neurological Sciences (USA), Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Religion and Mental Health, and IEEE Explore. In 2018 he was a finalist in the international Joseph Ratzinger Expanded Reason award sponsored by the Francis Vittorio University of Madrid.