Dr. Ron Rogers
DMH, Rm. 315
2:45 – 4:45
11:45 – 1:45
Dr. Glenn Callaghan
DMH, Rm. 322
REQUIRED READINGS & RESOURCES
Kuhn, Schwartzwelder, and Wilson (2003), Buzzed: The Straight Facts About The Most Used and
Abused Drugs, 2nd Eds., W. W. Norton & Company.
2. Online chapters
11 chapters and articles available on the class web site
3. Class Web Site
In today’s society, drugs and their use present a social paradox, combining the potential for good
and for bad.
Most of us, at one time or another, have taken a psychoactive drug — that is, any
drug that alters our behavior, mood, motor, sensory, or cognitive abilities —
yet few of us actually
understand the relationships between drugs, their mechanisms of action in the nervous system,
and our behavior.
The objective of this course is to introduce you to the chemical basis of human behavior and how
various drugs influence both the biological and psychological make-up of a person.
While we are
primarily the beneficiaries of this influence, we can easily become its victim without knowledge of
drugs, their actions, and their applications.
To accomplish our objective, we will begin with an introduction to the basics of pharmacology and
the chemical basis of our nervous system.
We will then evaluate each of the major drugs
classifications, emphasizing the biological, clinical, and social dimensions of their actions and
GOALS & LEARNING OUTCOMES
The goal of this course is to facilitate a basic understanding of the pharmacology, clinical manifestations, and social
dimensions of common drugs.
By the end of the course, you should minimally have a basic understanding of…
The principles of pharmacology
The biological mechanisms of action for the most common drugs
The psychological, behavioral, and social impact of some of the most common drugs
The empirical rationale for your own personal drug policy
Drugs, Brain, and Behavior
Term: Spring 2006
01 (Psyc: 26905)
01 (HS: 28154)
12:00 – 1:15 MW