As published in Nature Neuroscience, a team at Yale, Dartmouth, and the CNRS have spotted a neuromarker associated with drug and food cravings.
The new findings may lead to a greater understanding of addiction, particularly the craving element of it.
“Neurobiological markers of craving are both needed and lacking, and it remains unclear whether craving for drugs and food involve similar mechanisms,” according to the research team.
“Across three functional magnetic resonance imaging studies, we used machine learning to identify a cross-validated neuromarker that predicts self-reported intensity of cue-induced drug and food craving.”
“Future studies can assess the discriminant and convergent validity of the NCS and test whether it responds to clinical interventions and predicts long-term clinical outcomes.”