Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Location: Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main Street, Vancouver, WA
Time: Doors at 6 p.m. event at 7 p.m.
Cost: $8 online advance tickets, $10* suggested cover at the door
Food & Drink: Beer, wine, pizza slices, popcorn, and snacks available
Science on Tap at the Kiggins is produced in partnership with Washington State University Vancouver.
Starting from a very young age, humans are driven to seek out novel sensations and rewarding experiences; the brain is wired this way. During adolescence, some seek out drugs of abuse because they create novel sensations and can alter the perception of reality. Repeated exposure to these drugs creates new experiences in the form of powerful, persistent memories, and these drug-related memories are thought to underlie the relapse that can occur for decades, even after extended periods of abstinence. At this Science on Tap, Barbara Sorg, PhD, professor of neuroscience at WSU Vancouver, will talk about what happens in the brain with rewarding experiences and how drugs of abuse alter the structure and function of the brain to make drug addiction a chronic brain disease. She will also discuss how her laboratory uses animal models of addiction to weaken memories associated with cocaine.
*A note on the suggested cover: Science on Tap is supported, in part, by money collected at the door. We are committed to offering educational opportunities to adults who want to learn, so if $10 is a hardship for you, please come anyway and donate what you can. Buying a ticket in advance confirms that you will have a seat at the event.