PSYCH 336 - Drugs of Abuse, Brain and Behavior
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Enforced Prerequisites:
PSYCH 230 or BIOLOGY 225.
Advisory Prerequisites:
(BIOLOGY 162 or 163 or 172 or 195) and a CHEM course.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This lecture course provides a basic introduction to the neuropsychopharmacology of drug abuse and addiction, and has a strong natural science (neuroscience) orientation.

The acute and long-term effects of selected drugs of abuse on behavior, mood, cognition, and neuronal function are discussed, and material from studies with humans is integrated with basic studies on the neurobiological basis of drug action and drug abuse — including synaptic transmission and the distribution, regulation, and integration of brain neurotransmitter systems. The focus is on addictive or illicit drugs, and all the major classes are discussed, including: opiates (heroin, morphine, opium), sedative-hypnotics (alcohol, barbituates, chloral hydrate), anxiolytics (benzodiazepines), psychomotor stimulants (amphetamine, cocaine), marijuana, hallucinogens (LSD, mescaline), hallucinogenic-stimulants (MDA, MDMA), and dissociative anaesthetics (PCP).

Required Text: JS Meyer and LF Quenzer, Psychopharmacology: Drugs, the Brain and Behavior, 2013, 2nd Edition.

Course Requirements:

Exams and Grading: The course grade will be based on the outcome of three multiple choice/short answer type exams. During class, questions will be asked using the i>clicker response system (graded for participation and/or correctness).

Required Device: i>clicker response device ($38 new, $28 used)

Intended Audience:

The course is intended primarily for juniors or seniors concentrating in biopsychology, biology, or the biomedical sciences (e.g., pre-med). Prerequisites include PSYCH 230 (Introduction to Biopsychology) and an interest in biological approaches to the study of behavior. Introductory Chemistry is also recommended.

Class Format:

A lecture format is used, with required readings from a text.

PSYCH 336 - Drugs of Abuse, Brain and Behavior
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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ISBN: 9780878935109
Psychopharmacology : drugs, the brain, and behavior, Author: Jerrold S. Meyer, Linda F. Quenzer., Publisher: Sinauer Associates 2nd ed.
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