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Gene Heyman

senior lecturer

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Ph.D. Harvard University, 1977

Office: McGuinn 505
Phone: 617-552-9287

Scholarly Interests: Gene Heyman’s research focuses on the determinants of voluntary behavior and drug use. His initial studies used animal models to test whether choice is governed by a global reward maximizing process as assumed in economics or by a simpler, myopic maximizing principle. These studies led to research on the role of dopamine in reinforced behavior. The psychopharmacology research led to an interest in the determinants of drug use. The drug and choice studies were conducted with both human and animal subjects. The most recent human studies examined the relationships between working memory, decision making, and drug use in clinic and nonclinic populations. Teaching led to an interest in topics in the history and sociology of drug use and the history of popular and scientific understandings of addiction. Heyman’s research on choice and drug use are summarized in his new book: Addiction: A disorder of choice (2009).

Typically offered courses

Curriculum Vitae*

Office Hours*

PSYC1110 Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science
PSYC4433 Addiction, Choice, and Motivation
PSYC4471 Research Practicum in Experimental Psychology

Representative Publications

Heyman, G. M. (2013). Addiction: An Emergent Consequence of Elementary Choice Principles. Inquiry, 56, 428-445.

Heyman, G. M. (2013). Addiction and choice: theory and new data. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 4.

Heyman, G. M. (2013). Quitting drugs: quantitative and qualitative features. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 9, 29-59.

Heyman, G. M. (2011). Received wisdom regarding the roles of craving and dopamine in addiction: A reply to Lewis. Current direction in Psychological Science, 6, 156-160.

Heyman, G. M. (2009) Addiction: A disorder of choice. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

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