PSYC 256 - Neuropharmacology
Planned Offering: Winter 2014
Prerequisite: Either NEUR 120 or one course from PSYC 111 or 150, with PSYC 250 as a prerequisite or corequisite.
This course combines lecture and seminar elements to explore the physiological bases for drug action in the nervous system with emphasis on molecular mechanisms. The course begins with an overview of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and then proceeds to examinations of major neurotransmitter classes, functional neural circuits, and a survey of recreational drugs, drug abuse, and drug dependence. The course concludes with a consideration of pharmacotherapies for selected disorders of cognition and affect. The role of neuropharmacology in the growth of our understanding of normal neurochemical function is stressed throughout. Stewart.
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