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Drugs, the Brain, and Behavior

Second Edition

Jerrold S. Meyer and Linda F. Quenzer

28 June 2018

ISBN: 9781605357423

744 pages

In Stock

Price: £54.99

The most comprehensive overview of psychopharmacology, which shows how the mechanisms of psychoactive drugs affect everyday behaviour.



Published by Sinauer Associates, an imprint of Oxford University Press.

Psychopharmacology: Drugs, the Brain, and Behavior, Second Edition is appropriate for undergraduate or beginning level graduate courses in psychopharmacology or drugs and behavior that emphasize relationships between the behavioral effects of psychoactive drugs and their mechanisms of action.

  • Introduces students to the study of drugs, the brain, and behavior

New to this edition

  • A new and timely discussion of emerging substances of abuse such as Salvia divinorum, "spice" or "K2," and "bath salts"
  • Presentation of key biological concepts such as epigenetics to help students understand current ideas about how mental illnesses arise and how drugs act on the brain to treat these illnesses
  • Two new chapters that provide detailed information on various neurodegenerative disorders and the effects of neurotoxicants and endocrine disruptors on brain function and behavior

About the Author(s)

Jerrold S. Meyer, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Linda F. Quenzer, University of Hartford

Table of Contents

    1:Principles of Pharmacology
    2:Structure and Function of the Nervous System
    3:Chemical Signaling by Neurotransmitters and Hormones
    4:Methods of Research in Psychopharmacology
    8:Glutamate and GABA
    9:Drug Abuse and Addiction
    11:The Opioids
    12:Psychomotor Stimulants: Cocaine and the Amphetamines
    13:Nicotine and Caffeine
    14:Marijuana and the Cannabinoids
    15:Hallucinogens, PCP, and Ketamine
    16:Inhalants, GHB, and Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids
    17:Environmental Neurotoxicants and Endocrine Disruptors
    18:Anxiety Disorders: Sedative-Hypnotic and Anxiolytic Drugs
    19:Affective Disorders: Antidepressants and Mood Stabilizers
    20:Schizophrenia: Antipsychotic Drugs
    21:Neurodegenerative Disorders

Additional Resources

For Students

New for the Second Edition, the Psychopharmacology Companion Website includes a variety of resources to help students learn and review the material presented in the textbook, and to expand the coverage of the textbook. The site includes the following:

* Chapter Outlines
* Animations: Detailed, narrated animations of some of the key complex processes described in the textbook
* Web Boxes presenting novel or cutting-edge topics for special discussion
* Web Links: A collection of suggested websites related to each chapter
* Flashcards & Key Terms: A great way for students to learn and review the key terminology introduced in each chapter

For Instructors

Available to qualified adopters of the textbook, Psychopharmacology's Instructor' Resource Library provides instructors with a range of resources to help them prepare their lectures and assess their students. The IRL includes the following:

* Figures and Tables: All of the line-art illustrations, photographs, and tables from the textbook are provided as both high-resolution and low-resolution JPEGs, all optimized for use in presentation software (such as PowerPoint)

* PowerPoint Resources: Two different types of PowerPoint presentations are provided for each chapter of the textbook:
- All figures and tables from the chapter, ready to insert into custom presentations
- A complete lecture presentation that includes comprehensive lecture notes and selected figures

* Test Bank

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