About NIA

Aging, Motivation, and Addiction

Monday, October 5, 2009 to Tuesday, October 6, 2009


The purpose of this meeting was to bring professionals from different disciplines (psychologists, behavioral economists, social/affective and cognitive neuroscientists, and neuroeconomists) together to discuss mechanisms of motivation and their relation to self-regulation in aging and addiction. The meeting was jointly organized by the Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) at the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The meeting consisted of three sessions: (1) Changes in Cognition, Emotion and Motivation with Addiction and Aging; (2) Decision Making in Addiction and Aging; and (3) Applying Emotion and Motivation Findings to Aging and Addictions Treatment Policy. More information about the meeting, including meeting outcomes and emerging themes as well as the detailed agenda, can be found on NIDA’s website (see below).