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Warren Bickel, PhD
Willpower and Addiction
Director, Addiction Recovery Research Center, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
various locations, Roanoke
People who are addicted to drugs tend to choose instant gratification without thinking of long-term costs. As part of Brain Awareness Week, the radio program With Good Reason will rebroadcast "Willpower and Addiction," with Warren Bickel, director of the Addiction Recovery Research Center of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. Dr. Bickel is looking at ways to curb addiction by increasing the value of future rewards in the minds of addicts.
Also part of the broadcast: Call it java, brew, mud, or just coffee. Many people can’t conceive of starting their day without their dose of caffeine. Lisa Pawloski of George Mason University is a part of team of researchers who say coffee may reduce the risk of liver disease. Also featured: Some of us are more apt to succumb to a calorie-rich Frappuccino over a simple cup of coffee. But Niels Christiensen of Radford University says there are ways to avoid unhealthy decisions and strengthen your willpower.
For other listening times across the region during Brain Awareness Week, visit the With Good Reason website.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Warren Bickel, director of the Addiction Recovery Research Center at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, is also a professor at the VTC Research Institute and a professor of psychology in the College of Science at Virginia Tech. Before joining the institute in 2011, Bickel served as the Wilbur D. Mills Professor of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Prevention at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He earned his doctorate in developmental and child psychology from the University of Kansas.
In 2011, Bickel launched the National Quit & Recovery Registry, which seeks to understand how people succeed in overcoming addiction, whether to tobacco, alcohol, drugs, or harmful behaviors. The registry has proved so popular around the world that Bickel has since changed its name to the International Quit & Recovery Registry.