Lecture_1-Welcome_and_Dose-Response_Relationships-Spring_11 (4 slides per page)

Lecture_1-Welcome_and_Dose-Response_Relationships-Spring_11 (4 slides per page)

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1 Psych115 Neuropharmacology Lecture 1: Welcome! All you need to help you with Psych115 • Is on-line on GauchoSpace!!!!!!! Syllabus (readings, exam dates, review classes) Office hours-Dr. Szumlinski and Kerry Kerstetter Exam grades Very important dates…Exams Parscore (pink sheets) Exam 1 (40%)- May 3rd in class (2.5 hrs) MC/TF, short and long answer Exam 2 (60%)- May 31st in class (2.5 hrs) MC/TF, short and long answer Exam 2 will be cumulative in the sense that information learned prior to Exam 1 is required in order to understand information learned following Exam 1. Other important dates: May 31: Honors Essays Due by midnight via email Mission Psych115 Course Objective : – To introduce you to the wide wonderful world of Neuropharmacology – To familiarize you with pharmacological principles, molecular pharmacology and their application to specific neurotransmitters systems that impact behavior Personal Objective : To assist you in integrating and applying information about drugs to the brain and behavior
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2 Office Hours Dr. K. Tuesdays 10:00am-12:00 pm, Psych East 2816 szumlinski@psych.ucsb.edu Or by appointment Need at least 48 hrs notice for appointments Office hours canceled for May 3 rd and 10 th Extra pre-exam office hours scheduled for Fri May 27 th (10am-12 pm) Kerry Kerstetter Thursdays 11:00 am-12:00 pm, Psych West 3239 kerstetter@psych.ucsb.edu Lecture 1a: Introduction Objectives Define “pharmacology” Compare and contrast the 2 subfields of pharmacology relevant to Psychology Define pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Explain how an understanding of the principles of pharmacology and neurotransmission combine in the field of Neuropharmacology. What is Neuropharmacology ? • Pharmacology: – Science of how drugs affect the body • Psychopharmacology – Subdivision of pharmacology studying how drugs affect specifically behavior Neuropharmacology – Subdivision of pharmacology studying how drugs affect neuronal/brain function – Extra-brain effects In order to become Neuropharmacologists, you have to: Understand the principles of pharmacology – Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics – Pharmacokinetics = the basic principles of drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (i.e., what your body does to the drug) – Pharmacodynamics = interactions with drugs and their binding sites that lead to a drug effect (i.e., what the drug does to your body) • Regulation of ion flux • Intracellular signaling cascades – Dose- and time-response relationships
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3 In order to become Neuropharmacologists, you have to: Understand the principles of neurotransmission – Structure and function of a neuron – The basic principles of neurotransmitter synthesis, release and termination of transmitter signaling – Neuroanatomy Integrate the principles of pharmacology and neurotransmission
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