Drugs & Behavior  
PSY 485
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Neuropsychopharmacology: The Fifth Generation of Progress

 


Instructor:


Mike Baker, SH 116
 

 
  Office Hours :  Monday and Wednesday : 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 9:30 - 10:30 am                                           
And by Appointment
 
 
  Phone: 399-8709 (office)
 
 
  email: mbaker@coe.edu
 
 
  Text: Required:  Psychopharmacology: Drugs, The Brain, and Behavior (2005).  Sinauer.

 

 
 

COURSE OVERVIEW

This course is an introduction to pharmacological and psychological mechanisms of drugs that influence brain functioning. It provides valuable information to any student that might work in a wide variety of psychology or health care-related careers. Those of you choosing these careers will often be working with people who are abusing drugs or taking therapeutic drugs. Knowledge of how psychoactive drugs affect behavior will help you more effectively provide appropriate care, regardless of the relationship between drugs and an individual’s treatment. Emphasis of the course will be on the multiple and variable effects of psychoactive drugs, and factors influencing drug effects. The course will cover basic structure and function of the nervous system, drug classification and development, basic principles of pharmacology, the role of learning, addiction, and characteristics of specific drugs of abuse and therapeutic drugs. More generally, this course will provide you with information that allows you to critically evaluate media reports that often provide conflicting information about effects of drugs as well as claims made by those selling drugs (legally or illegally). Such information is valuable when one must consider the benefits and costs of taking a particular drug

 

EXAM SCHEDULE AND IMPORTANT DATES

Date

Event

Notes

Points

TBA

Neural Signaling Survey

Basic neural structure & function

10

M JAN 16

Martin Luther King Birthday

NO CLASSES

-

TBA

Paper #1 Due

After “Altered States” video

10

F FEB 3

EXAM 1

Unit 1 only

100

TBA

Drug Report

See pg. 5 of syllabus

15

M FEB 27

EXAM 2

Unit 2 only

100

M MAR 5 -
F MAR 9

SPRING BREAK

NO CLASSES

-

TBA

Paper #2 Due

Due after Addiction lecture

10

M MAR 26

EXAM 3

Unit 3 only

100

M APR 18 -
M APR 25

Student-led Lectures

Over selected topic from textbook

15

Sat., APR 28

11 am

FINAL EXAM

Unit 4 + basic concepts from course

150

 

 

Total Points

510

 

 LECTURE TOPICS

UNIT 1

Topic

Reading

Drug Classification

Box 1.2 (p 8)
Box 1.3 (pp 22-23)

A Neural Model of Behavior

 

Video: Altered States: A History of Drug Use in America

 

Pharmacokinetics: Administration

CH 1 (pp 1-13)

Pharmacokinetics: Absorption

 

Pharmacokinetics: Distribution & Fate

CH 1 (pp 13-21)

 UNIT 2

Topic

Reading

Pharmacodynamics: Dose-Response Relationships

CH 1 (pp 24-27)

Pharmacodynamics: Interactions, Chronic Effects & Nonspecific Factors

CH 1 (pp 27-31)
Reserved Reading

Receptors

CH 1 (pp 21-24)
Ch 3 (pp 72-78)

Neurotransmitters: Monoamines

Ch 5
Ch 6 (pp 151-160)

Neurotransmitters: Acetylcholine & Other Major Neurotransmitters

Ch 6 (pp 140-151)
CH 7

Synaptic Transmission

Ch 3 (62-72; 78-80)

Autonomic Nervous System

Reserved Reading

 UNIT 3

Topic

Reading

Classical Conditioning & Drug Effects

Reserve Reading: Siegel & Ramos, 2002

Associative Tolerance Reserve Reading: Siegel & Ramos, 2002

Reinforcement & Drug Effects

Reserve Reading: Siegel & Ramos, 2002

Video: The Mind: Addiction

 

Addiction

Ch 8
Reserved Reading

 UNIT 4

Topic

Reading

Conscious Arousal, Pain, & Analgesia

Reserved Reading
Ch 12 (319-324)

Opiates

CH 10

Sedatives / Alcohol

Ch 17
Ch 9

Psychomotor Stimulants: Cocaine & Amphetamine

CH 11

Inhalants & GHB Ch 15, pp 365-374
Nicotine Chapter 12, pp 303-319)
Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids Ch 15, pp. 375-383
PCP & Ketamine Ch 14, pp 358-363
Hallucinogens Ch 14, pp 347-358
Caffeine Ch 12, pp 319-324 & Reserved Reading
Marijuana Ch 13

 

 


ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

At Coe College, we expect academic integrity of all members of our community. Academic integrity assumes honesty about the nature of one's work in all situations. Such honesty is at the heart of the educational enterprise and is a pre-condition for intellectual growth.  Academic dishonesty interferes with the mission of the College and will be treated with the utmost seriousness as a violation of community standards. 

Cheating, plagiarism, deliberately impeding other students' work and misuse of common academic property, in the libraries, labs, and elsewhere are all forms of academic dishonesty and will be subject to one or more of the following sanctions:

1) failure of the assignment, i.e. exam, paper, lab report, etc.  
2) failure of the class  
3) suspension or expulsion

Students accused of academic dishonesty have the right to appeal any sanctions.  The full policy is printed in the college catalog, the student handbook, and is available on the Dean's web site.  

Students should consult their professor, as well as materials in the library and writing center to learn more about how to avoid plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty.

 

EXAMINATIONS AND COURSE GRADING

Your grade for the course will be based on performance on exams, assignments, and the presentation.  Each exam will consist of both multiple choice and short essay questions. The bulk of the questions on each test will be derived from lectures. However, you will find the text to be a useful aid in understanding the topics we will cover.

Detailed instructions for each assignment will be given in class.

 After each exam, letter grade estimates will be posted for exam scores.  Final course grades are determined using the following criteria.  The sum of your four examination scores and all assignments will be obtained and letter grades will be assigned according to the following percentages.  There will be no opportunities for extra credit.

A          93% and above

B-        77-80%

D+       61-64%

A-         89-92

C+       73-76%

D         57-60%

B+       85-88%

C         69-72%

D-        53-56%

B         81-84%

C-        65-68%

F          52% and below.