USU’s Science Unwrapped explores addiction Oct. 29

LOGAN ? Whether it’s the morning caffeine fix, the weekly trip to the mall or something as serious as drugs or alcohol, most people are faced with addiction on some level. What can animals teach us about this costly personal and societal issue? Join USU psychologist Tim Shahan as he explores this topic at the Science Unwrapped presentation “Understanding Addictions: Animal Lessons for Human Health” Friday, Oct. 29, at Utah State University. His talk, hosted by USU’s College of Science, begins at 7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium, Room 130, of the Eccles Science Learning Center on campus. Admission is free and open to all ages. “Even after successful attempts to quit, people often relapse and return to the self-destructive behavior,” says Shahan, associate professor in USU’s Department of Psychology. “We’ll talk about studies of animal behavior that could help us find answers about human addiction.” A variety of hands-on activities designed for all ages follow Shahan’s talk. Exhibits will be provided by the USU Health and Wellness Center, Bear River Mental Health and other university and community groups. Free refreshments will be served. October’s presentation is part of Science Unwrapped’s fall “Science and Society” series. For more information, call 435-797-3517, visit or view Science Unwrapped at USU on Facebook .

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