Spring 2019

AIM: Students were tasked with writing a Press Release of 500 words or less for one of the following research articles. These Press Releases are intended to convey the major findings of each article in an exciting and scientifically accurate way that would be both catchy and accessible to a general audience. We encourage comments and support at the end of each Press Release in the Comment box.


Changes in cannabis potency and first-time admissions to drug treatment: a 16-year study in the Netherlands

Original research article for the Press Release: Freeman et al. – 2017

Press Releases:

Modern Weed: Your Potential One Way Ticket to Rehab – Robert Coli

Cannabis: How Much is Too Much? – Ashley Mota

Drug-taking in a socio-sexual context enhances vulnerability for addiction in male rats

Original research article for the Press Release: Kuiper et al. – 2018

Press Releases:

Sex, Drugs, & Rock n’ Rolling…to Addiction? – Kian Caplan

All Night Long: Together, Sex and Meth Heighten the Likelihood of Addiction – Grant Hill

Being Emotionally Attached to a Recovering Drug User – Daniela Moreira

Genome-edited skin epidermal stem cells protect mice from cocaine seeking behaviour and cocaine overdose

Original research article for the Press Release: Li et al. – 2018

Press Releases:

New Prevention Against Cocaine Overdose and Addiction? – Gabe Brosius

Stem Cell Treatment for Cocaine Addiction –  Sherman Mak

Band-Aids for Drug Abuse – Nicole Rizzuto

Cracking the Code to Cocaine Addiction, a Stem Cell Story – Christopher White

Reactivating addiction-related memories under propranolol to reduce craving: A pilot randomized controlled trial

Original research article for the Press Release: Lonergan et al. – 2015

Press Releases:

It’s Time To Cancel Cravings – Fiona Grishaw-Jones

Can Addiction Be Forgotten? The drug propranolol may weaken memories involved in relapse – Danielle Levinson

Disrupting Drug Memories, A Treatment Approach for Addiction – Stacey Zuo

Effects of Adolescent Caffeine Consumption on Cocaine Sensitivity

Original article for the Press Release: O’Neill et al. – 2015

Press Releases:

Could Caffeine Corrupt Kids? – Jules Chabot

Local News Reports High School Banning Coffee Products – Allie Damren

Caffeinated Teens: What Happens After The Buzz Ends– Luis Gonzalez

Caffeine: The Next Gateway Drug – Emely Hilario

A Slippery Slope From Caffeine to Cocaine – Matt Huston

Adolescent Caffeine Consumption May Bring You a Step Closer to Cocaine Addiction – Jaye Jeong

Could Drinking Caffeine Repeatedly Leave Long-Lasting Effects on Our Brain? – Jennifer Luong

Will Your Caffeine Use Lead To Cocaine Use and Potentially Addiction – Sydney Prokupek

Stimulating Associations, Possible Link Between our Morning Coffee and Cocaine Use – Autumn Rasmussen

Volitional social interaction prevents drug addiction in rat models

Original research article for the Press Release: Venniro et al. – 2018

Press Releases:

Could Social Media Help Recovering Drug Addicts? –  Sarah Clothier


Enhanced sensitivity to drugs of abuse and palatable foods following maternal overnutrition

Original research article for the Press Release: Peleg-Raibstein et al. – 2018

Press Releases:

Raising Awareness for Soon-To-Be-Mothers – Yesenia Bermudez

Your Baby‘s Brain “Knows” What You Eat! Maternal Overnutrition, Drug Use and Obesity – Xiangyi Guo

– Is Junk Food Causing Addiction in Your Family – Wisly Juganda

Watching happy faces potentiates incentive salience but not hedonic reactions to palatable food cues in overweight/obese adults

Original research article for the Press Release: Soussignan et al. – 2018

Press Releases:

Foodstagram vs. Obesity – Anna Knes

Is Obesity an Addiction? – Thomas Pfefer


The Candy Crush Sweet Tooth: How ‘Near-misses’ in Candy Crush Increase Frustration, and the Urge to Continue Gameplay

Addiction in Extreme Sports: An Exploration of Withdrawal States in Rock Climbers

Differential Patterns of Amygdala and Ventral Striatum Activation Predict Gender-Specific Changes in Sexual Risk Behavior

Original research article for the Press Release: Victor et al. – 2015

The Neurobiology Behind Taking People Home – Imani Crews


* Quotes are fictitious and were created as an artistic tool to provide depth and meaning to the Press Release.