PSYCH 731 - Advanced Seminar and Practicum in Physiological Psychology
Section: 001 Drugs of Abuse
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing in Psychology or approved joint programs.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This combination lecture/seminar 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.

Intended Audience:

The course is intended for graduate students in biopsychology or neuroscience and related disciplines.

Class Format:


PSYCH 731 - Advanced Seminar and Practicum in Physiological Psychology
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001 (LEC)
W 5:00PM - 6:00PM
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Psych 731 meets TTH 4-530pm in 1324EH. Wednesdays 5-6pm it meets in the Pillsbury Room, East Hall. Take EH Church Street Elevator up to "4M".
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