Psychology of Addiction

Course details

From £215.00
10 CATS points

20 Jan 2020 - 23 Mar 2020
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Psychology of Addiction


In order to better understand addiction we need to understand basic bio-psychological associations, such as the way neurons work, heritability, psycho-social factors and empirical laws of choice. This course aims to explore addiction from these perspectives. Topics include: theories of addiction, neuroscience of addiction, personality, mood and addiction and intervention approaches. Each topic will be reviewed in depth focusing on key psychological concepts and their putative neurobiological substrates.

In addition, contemporary research techniques and findings will be considered and assessed. We will discuss addiction at many levels ranging from their effect on the nervous system to their effect on society. Students will also have the opportunity to see  how one of most recent intervention approaches, neurofeedback, is used in treatment of addiction. No previous experience is required for the course. 

Programme details

Term Starts:   20th January          

Week 1:  The development and maintenance of addiction

Week 2:  Theories of addiction

Week 3:  Neuroscience of addiction

Week 4:  Impulsivity and addiction

Week 5:  Affect and Addiction

Week 6:  Cognition and addiction

Week 7:  Social/psychological issues and addiction

Week 8:  Intervention approaches

Week 9:  Harm minimisation approaches and prevention strategies

Week 10: Neurofeedback and Addiction


Students who register for CATS points will receive a Record of CATS points on successful completion of their course assessment.

To earn credit (CATS points) you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework in order to benefit fully from the course. Only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard.

Students who do not register for CATS points during the enrolment process can either register for CATS points prior to the start of their course or retrospectively from between January 1st and July 31st after the current academic year has been completed. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.


Description Costs
Course fee £215.00
Take this course for CATS points £10.00


Dr Linda Dinc

Linda is a chartered psychologist. She received her MSc in Neuroscience from King’s College London, Institute of Psychiatry and her PhD from Goldsmith’s University of London. Her research focuses on addiction.

Course aims

The course aim is to present a contemporary and integrated perspective on psychological and neurobiological theories of addiction. The recent research and  relevant issues will be discussed.

Course Objectives

1. Address current debates in alcohol addiction.

2. Evaluate theories and research in addiction.

3. Discuss interactionist approach in explanation and treatment of addiction.

4. Understand the underlying neural processes for development and maintenance of addiction.

5. Evaluate effectiveness of interventions for different addictions.

Teaching methods

Mini lectures, presentations, group exercises and discussions, case studies, brain storming, demonstration of use of neurofeedback in addiction.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will be expected to:

1. Address current debates in addiction;

2. Critically evaluate theories of addiction and related evidence;

3. Discuss and consider the critical psychological concepts of addiction in terms of neurobiological substrates.

Assessment methods

One piece of coursework, either appraisal of an addiction theory or a short essay evaluating alternative explanations of development and maintenance of addiction or prevention strategies.

Word limit : 1500

SStudents must submit a completed Declaration of Authorship form at the end of term when submitting your final piece of work. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form.


To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please complete an application form

Level and demands

Most of the Department's weekly classes have 10 or 20 CATS points assigned to them. 10 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of ten 2-hour sessions. 20 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of twenty 2-hour sessions. It is expected that, for every 2 hours of tuition you are given, you will engage in eight hours of private study.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)