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A mismatch with dual process models of addiction rooted in psychology

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 July 2008

Reinout W. Wiers
Department of Clinical Psychological Science, Maastricht University, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen, 6500 HC Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Remco Havermans
Department of Clinical Psychological Science, Maastricht University, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands
Roland Deutsch
Department of Social Psychology, Würzburg University, 97070 Würzburg, Germany
Alan W. Stacy
Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 91803.


The model of addiction proposed by Redish et al. shows a lack of fit with recent data and models in psychological studies of addiction. In these dual process models, relatively automatic appetitive processes are distinguished from explicit goal-directed expectancies and motives, whereas these are all grouped together in the planning system in the Redish et al. model. Implications are discussed.

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