PSY 353K • Psychopharmacology
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
This course will survey recent findings concerning the mechanisms of action and the behavioral effects and side effects of psychoactive drugs. As the various types of drugs are discussed (anti-depressants, anti-schizophrenia drugs, anti-parkinson drugs, anti-anxiety drugs, stimulants, sedative-hypnotics, alcohol, opioids, hallucinogenics), the relevant details of brain cell synaptic function and transmitter pathways will be highlighted as needed for an integrated view of drug mechanisms and the neurochemical basis of psychiatric disorders and substance abuse. It is highly recommended that you will have already taken a biopsychology class or other class in which the action potential and synaptic mechanisms of neuronal cell signaling will have been covered.