Psychology and Brain Sciences | Drugs and hte Nervous System
P407 | 28143 | Rebec, G.


Introduction to the major psychoactive drugs and how they act upon
the brain to influence behavior.  Discussion of the role of drugs as
therapeutic agents for various clinical disorders and as probes to
provide insight into brain function.

This course focuses on the neural mechanisms and processes underlying
the behavioral response to psychoactive drugs.  A basic understanding
of neural function is required.  Some background in chemistry is
helpful, but not essential.  The first portion of the course will
cover basic material in pharmacology, neurophysiology, and synaptic
transmission.  The second portion of the course will focus on
specific clinical disorders and their treatment with various drugs.
In either case, course material will be based on in-class lectures
and assigned readings from either the text or an outside source.

Grades will be based on the results of three exams, which will cover
class material and reading assignments.