PSYC 312(S) Drugs and Behavior

This course studies the relationship between behavior and neurochemical changes in the brain. It begins with a detailed study of neurotransmitter systems, drug-receptor interactions, and sources of individual differences in drug response, such as gender and genetics. Special topics include the behavioral consequences of prenatal drug exposure, the role of classical and operant conditioning in the development and maintenance of alcohol and drug abuse, the neural basis of reward, and the interaction between cerebral lateralization and behavioral effects of drugs. Requirements: an hour exam, an oral presentation, and a written report of research.
Satisfies one semester of the Division III requirement. Prerequisite: Psychology 212 or Neuroscience 201 or permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 16. Empirical Project