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Memory and the Neuroscience of Addiction

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  • Alberta Rose Theater

    3000 NE Alberta Street, Portland, OR (map)

    45.558945 -122.634750

  • This event is also open to the public, but there will be a designated area inside for Meetup Members to get together at 7:00pm. Look for the Meetup sign.
  • Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2016

    Time: Doors open at 6:00pm, Meetup Group at 6:30pm, Event starts at 7:00pm. 

    Meet inside the theater at 6:30pm to talk with your fellow group members for a bit before the show starts. Look for the Meetup sign.

    Location: Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Street, Portland, OR

    Cost: $13* general admission, $8 students with ID (minors under 21 with parent/guardian only) 
    Buy Online, or to reduce service fees, purchase in person at the Alberta Rose box office

    Please Note: RSVP-ing "yes" to these events does not automatically get you in the door. You must either purchase tickets in advance (ticket details above), or if we have not sold out, you may buy tickets at the door. 

    Food & Drink: Beer, wine, popcorn, hand pies, and an assortment of sweets and snacks available.

    Event Description:

    Back by popular demand! This is a repeat of our sold out event held at the Clinton Street Theater on Tuesday, 9/6/16.

    Starting from a very young age, humans are driven to seek out novel sensations and rewarding experiences; the brain is wired this way. During adolescence, some seek out drugs of abuse because they create novel sensations and can alter the perception of reality. Repeated exposure to these drugs creates new experiences in the form of powerful, persistent memories, and these drug-related memories are thought to underlie the relapse that can occur for decades, even after extended periods of abstinence. At this Science on Tap, Barbara Sorg, PhD, professor of neuroscience at WSU Vancouver, will talk about what happens in the brain with rewarding experiences and how drugs of abuse alter the structure and function of the brain to make drug addiction a chronic brain disease. She will also discuss how her laboratory uses animal models of addiction to weaken memories associated with cocaine.

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    Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don’t have to be a science geek to have fun—all you need is a thirst for knowledge!


    A note on the ticket price: Science on Tap is largely supported by money collected at the door, and this theater is larger and more expensive than our regular venues. We are committed to offering educational opportunities to adults who want to learn, so if the ticket price is a hardship for you, please contact [masked] for tickets available at reduced prices.

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  • Geordie

    Mad scientist, artist, designer and geek. Loves science and creative and humor. Failure is... more

  • Marcia K.

    Science addicted, rehab didn't work.

  • Chris

    I enjoy doing brainy, active activities ;)

  • Dane W.

    Human with a fully functioning brain. Introvert, Insomniac, Great sense of humor, Poly-Pan,... more

  • Andrea C.

    I am a regular at science night mostly at Kiggins but sometimes at Clinton. So glad to find... more

  • Helen R.

    Just interested in everything science-relate­d.

  • Kristy P.

    Hi...have always had an interest in scientific things...a bit of a nerd, but that's ok. B-)

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