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Multimodal Assessment of Self-Awareness in Adults with Substance Use Disorder

posted on 08.04.2020 by BENJAMIN RAY CASTINE
Substance use disorders (SUDs) are chronic, relapsing conditions with significant psychosocial consequences. This thesis examined whether self-awareness, the ability to maintain an accurate, objective perception of oneself and to act accordingly, may be disrupted in SUDs including in Cocaine (CUD) and Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). Both treatment-enrolled and non-treatment seeking adults with SUD exhibited disrupted self-awareness relative to healthy adults, which was related to reduced motivation for treatment and increased severity of addiction. Assessing and treating difficulties in self-awareness may promote addiction treatment engagement and motivation in both non-treatment seeking treatment-enrolled adults with SUD.


Principal supervisor

Antonio Verdejo-garcia

Additional supervisor 1

Jakob Hohwy

Additional supervisor 2

Dan Lubman

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Psychological Sciences

Campus location



Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type