Neurologically plausible distinctions in cognition relevant to drug use etiology and prevention

Subst Use Misuse. 2004;39(10-12):1571-623. doi: 10.1081/ja-200033204.


This article outlines several distinctions in cognition and related topics in emotion that receive support from work in cognitive neuroscience and have important implications for prevention: implicit cognition, working memory, nonverbal memory, and neurobiological systems of habit. These distinctions have not been widely acknowledged or applied in drug use prevention research, despite their neural plausibility and the availability of methods to make this link. The authors briefly review the basis for the distinctions and indicate general implications and assessment possibilities for prevention researchers conducting large-scale field trials. Subse-quently, the article outlines a connectionist framework for specific applications in prevention interventions. These possibilities begin the attempt to derive useful fusions of normally distinct areas of prevention and cognitive neuroscience, in the spirit of a transdisciplinary approach.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cognition*
  • Emotions
  • Humans
  • Memory
  • Substance-Related Disorders / etiology
  • Substance-Related Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / psychology*