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PSY 483. Drugs and Behavior. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is an overview of the primary topics related to understanding drugs and their effects on human behavior. Topics include historical and methodological perspectives, basic principles of drug action, basic neurobiology, and the physiological and behavioral effects of drug use and abuse, including stimulants, depressants, narcotics, hallucinogens, designer drugs, inhalants, alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine. The course will also cover the psychopharmacology and behavioral effects of prescription psychiatric medications, including anti-depressants, anti-psychotics, anxioloytics, mood stabilizers, and hypnotics (sleep agents). Additional readings and exercises will be assigned to enhance exposure to various topics beyond the text. Current as well as classic theoretical perspectives will be emphasized throughout the course.
Prerequisites: PSY 260 or PSY 263 and junior standing
Session Cycle: Fall
Yearly Cycle: Alternate Years.