Sex, drugs, brains and politics (Professor Fred Toates)
Lecture by Emeritus Professor of Biological Psychology Fred Toates, a pioneer in studying the dopaminergic system in the brain and its role in sex, addiction and motivation generally - and author of How Sexual Desire Works: The Enigmatic Urge.
A wide variety of different sources of evidence is converging upon an understanding that the human brain is organized in a hierarchical structure. Brain regions that are old in terms of both evolution and development coexist with newer regions. Investigation into how this combination of regions produces behaviour has yielded some important insights. These involve a wide spectrum of phenomena, ranging from logical reasoning, how people become addicted, through homicide, to voting choices in elections. The lecture will explore a range of these phenomena. Frederick Toates is .