Red wine and dark chocolate have been enjoyed by humans for millenia for their flavor and pleasurable properties. Contemporary science has begun to reveal the brain basis for the remarkable and enduring popularity of these substances and how they act on the brain's pleasure centers. But we won’t just talk about them – we’ll sample them as well!
Dr. Cowan is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University and has been a member of the faculty since 2002. His research focuses on the neurobiology of reward circuitry and associated clinical conditions including drug addiction and obesity.