The views expressed in this article are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views or policy of the US DHHS. We would like to thank Barbara Usher, Ph.D., NIDA/NIH/DHHS, for her thoughtful comments on this article.
Special Section on Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience to Inform Cognitive-Control Interventions for Drug Abuse
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience to Inform Cognitive-Control Interventions for Drug Abuse: Introduction to the Special Section
Article first published online: 14 NOV 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Child Development Perspectives © 2012 The Society for Research in Child Development
Child Development Perspectives
Volume 6, Issue 4, pages 351–353, December 2012
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Sirocco, K. Y., Lynne-Landsman, S. D. and Boyce, C. A. (2012), Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience to Inform Cognitive-Control Interventions for Drug Abuse: Introduction to the Special Section. Child Development Perspectives, 6: 351–353. doi: 10.1111/cdep.12002
Karen Y. Sirocco and Cheryl A. Boyce are NIH/US Federal Government employees. This article is a U.S. Government work and is in the public domain in the USA.
- Issue published online: 14 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 14 NOV 2012
- executive function;
- cognitive control;
- developmental neuroscience;
- drug abuse
Cognitive control has long been a validated construct to explain risk for drug abuse. Research evidence suggests that cognitive-control interventions show promise for future preventive intervention and treatment efforts across development. Biomarkers of the efficacy of these interventions have also been identified. To examine the potential of utilizing developmental cognitive neuroscience to guide cognitive-control interventions for the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders, the National Institute on Drug Abuse held a research roundtable in Rockville, Maryland, in May 2010. The research presented at the roundtable and reviewed in this Special Section of Child Development Perspectives highlights the promise of cognitive-control interventions for enhancing, or ameliorating deficits in, executive functions relevant to substance use disorders, as well as the promise of neuroscience techniques for guiding the conceptualization of these interventions.