Lecture 12 Prozac Nation

Lecture 12 Prozac Nation - Prozac nation Neurochemical self...

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Prozac nation Neurochemical self Churchlands Neurochemical language instead of subjective states – “Paul, don’t speak to me, my serotonin levels have hit bottom …” Psychotropic drugs have a long history – opium, opium figurine of 3000 years But it was only in the 20 th century that they were experimented with to elucidate the workings of the brain Cook stuff up and see what happens – e.g. LSD Many had psychiatric applications Used in conjunction with psychoanalysis Became clear that neurotransmission was chemical in nature Spiders given drugs making certain web designs Monoamines Serotonin – high profile of neutrontransmitter Dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, acetylcholine and SEROTONIN Prozac for being successful – first drug that target one specific neruo pathway that regulated mood Considered a smart drug only targeting one aspect without any unwanted side effects Just stops the re-uptake of serotonin Peter Kramer – having the tool of Prozac, changed his views of human nature – came to have a
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