Sunday, September 26

The Science of Addiction: Why We Don’t Always Like the Things We Want

  • David Edmonds
  • BBC World Service


The findings could lead to a possible cure for addiction.

In 1970, an unfortunate and shameful experiment was conducted on a psychiatric patient in New Orleans. We know him only as Patient B-19.

B-19 was unhappy. He had a drug problem and had been expelled from the military for homosexual tendencies.

As part of his therapy and as an attempt to “cure” him of being gay, his psychiatrist, Robert Heath, attached electrodes to his brain, attaching them to what, at the time, were thought to be the brain’s pleasure centers.

While the electrodes were connected, B-19 had the power to turn them on at the push of a button.

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