Rat Park, about the infamous addiction experiments from the 1970s and 1980s. This essay explains how Essay question about globalization Alexander’s thinking about addiction evolved after he concluded these rat drug studies. I decided to make Rat Park a comic about the rat experiments only. My goal was to describe the researchers’ scientific method as concisely, accurately and entertainingly as possible.
Yet the question hangs at the end of the comic. Bruce Alexander wanders the streets of Vancouver, haunted by the Rat Park findings. Wondering if they hold relevance for human behaviour. Drawing of man walking down Vancouver street past homeless man with shopping cart.
Black and white cartoon drawing Gastown near Harbour Centre. This article discusses some of the research that Bruce Alexander has done since the Rat Park experiments. Cartoon psychologist Bruce Alexander working at writing desk. Black and white drawing of man working at 1980s office desk with books on shelves. People can become addicted to drugs, but it is not the drugs themselves that cause the addictions. They form these addictions because a socially-dislocated life without an addiction would be too mentally crushing. Drug addictions are just one example of a multitude of addictions in modern society.
These addictions are manifestations of the same psychological processes which create drug addictions. They are the result of socially dislocated people adapting as well as they can to social circumstances. Man with barkeeper alone in bar cartoon. Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door parody. Social dislocation’ theory of addiction has a long history of evidence. For example, the previously-responsible drinking habits of Scottish highlanders turned to alcoholism after their forced displacement by the British in the 18th century. Various factors in a person’s life can lead to social dislocation.