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Drugs, Brain, and Behavior

  • ID: 2326572
  • Book
  • September 2020
  • 448 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The goal of this book is to provide an introduction to psychoactive drugs and behavior. Drugs and Behavior will focus on the interrelationship between psychological and physiological processes that are often overlooked by textbooks in this market. With the increased interest in neuroscience, the authors pay particular attention ito behavioral and nervous system processes as they relate to drugs and drug use, as well as their implications for specific drug categories. Using a unique approach, the authors integrate relevant examples from history, popular culture, and literature that will engage students and help illustrate concepts. Color diagrams of neurons, neurotransmitters, and brain anatomy will provide students with structural representations that will enhance their understanding of the psychological and physiological processes involved in drug interaction. In a student–friendly and accessible manner, this text offers students both a scientific examination of the effects of drugs on behavior and an understanding of the contemporary issues related to drug use and abuse. Key features include:

Presentation of nerve cell and neuroanatomical issues important for understanding the mechanisms of actions of psychoactive drugs.
Learning theory based explanations of reward and punishment. This focus would include discussion of these concepts as they apply to behavior in general, as well as to specific drugs.
Presentation of drugs and drug trade as significant international and cross–cultural issues.
Use of historic, visual art, film and literature–based perspectives on drugs and drug use.
Consideration of legal and economic impact of drug trade and use.
End of chapter critical thinking questions to encourage further discussion
Accompanying Web site will include updates on research and related web links
Supplements should include: Instructor′s manual with test bank – hard copy and on CD–ROM; and Power Point Slides
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Basic Issues in Drug Research.

Chapter 1 The Context of Psychoactive Drugs and Drug Use.

Chapter 2 Sources of Drug Effect Variability.

Overview of Nervous System, Nerve Cell Activity, and Addictive Behavior.

Chapter 3 Brain and Behavior.

Chapter 4 Neurotransmission and Drug Pharmacodynamics.

Chapter 5 Addictive Behavior.

Specific Agents.

Chapter 6 Xanthines.

Chapter 7 Nicotine.

Chapter 8 Cocaine, Amphetamines and Other Behavioral Stimulants.

Chapter 9 Alcohol.

Chapter 10 Other Central Nervous System Depressants.

Chapter 11 Opioids.

Chapter 12 Marijuana and Hashish.

Chapter 13 Hallucinogens.

Chapter 14 Psychotherapeutic Drugs.

Drug Use in Perspective.

Chapter 15 Drug Use in Perspective

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Scott A. Bailey is Associate Professor and Chair of Psychology at Texas Lutheran University. His research interests include the biological basis of learning and memory. He has written numerous articles in psychopharmacology for the
Bulletin of the Psychonomic Societyand the
Sociey for Neuroscience; was a contributor to the
Blackwell Handbook on Research Methods in Experimental Psychology; and is the author of a study guide and test bank for a leading introductory psychology text.

Cathy A. Grover is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Emporia State University. Her research interests include behavioral neurotoxicology, neuropsychopharmacology, and the biological basis of learning and memory.

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