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Objective

The student will learn the way in which dopamine is related to the sensation of pleasure.

The student will learn how stimulants interfere with dopamine re-uptake.

Activity

Describe how cocaine ultimately reduces pleasure by interfering with dopamine re-uptake. Students will be assigned to groups and will first script and then act out this process. They will then perform their skits with students assuming roles such as neurons, cocaine, transporters, receptors, dopamine, pleasure, and addiction.