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PSY 300 3-1 Discussion: Is Sugar a Drug?

Given what you learned about neurotransmission and addiction this week, describe your opinion on sugar. Do you think that it is a drug? Support your answer using specific information such as the following:

  • The reward pathways and neurochemicals in the brain that are affected by sugar and other drugs

  • The impact of sugar on neurotransmission

  • How the dopaminergic pathway is affected by drugs and sugar

Create a research question that would support your view that sugar is a drug or that sugar is not a drug. In other words, what more do you need to know about this topic to confirm your position?

In your response posts, assume your peers are going to pursue their research question. Suggest an appropriate research design that could be used to address their question, or share existing research to support their study.

Refer to the Discussion Rubric for directions on completing these discussions.

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