Mindfulness, the Mind, and Addictive Behavior
Dr. Judson Brewer | 20:04
We have three esteemed neuroscientists here with us. Let's begin with Dr. Justin Brewer from the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical. Welcome, Dr. Brewer. It's a pleasure to have you here. Let's dive right into it. The scope of the issue at hand is vast. My lab focuses on addiction research, specifically the areas of smoking and behavioral overeating. In the United States, these two addictions alone contribute to nearly half of healthcare costs. It's not like curing cancer with blood pressure medications, and solving behavioral addictions isn't as simple as holding hands and singing Kumbaya.
What we're striving to understand is the core of the issue – the mechanisms behind behavioral addictions – and how mindfulness practices can aid in treating them.
So, let's take this journey together. I thought we could start by exploring why Facebook can be likened to crack cocaine, then delve into the realm of McDonald's, move on to how Lolo Jones might have secured the gold medal, and finally, explore the potential for us all to attain a state of mindfulness and even quit smoking. I know it's a lot to cover, but let's see what we can accomplish.