Intro to Psych, Module 10

Intro to Psych, Module 10 - Consciousness: Module 10 Drugs...

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Consciousness: Module 10 o Drugs can effect us because their chemical composition allows them to act on receptors in our brains that are meant for substances the body produces naturally. Types of Drugs o Psychoactive drugs are chemical substances that alter your perception and/or mood (thus affecting your consciousness). o Depressants o Stimulants o Hallucinogens Depressants o Drugs that slow down neural activity and body functions. o Alcohol o Barbiturates anti-anxiety meds anticonvulsants anesthesia sleep meds o Opiates pain meds like morphine and codeine Stimulants o Drugs that speed up neural activity and bodily functions. o Caffeine o Nicotine o Cocaine o Ecstasy o Amphetamines o Methamphetamines Why do people smoke? o Smoking is a psychological AND physiological addiction. o Socially rewarding o Genetic factors o Negative reinforcement = taking away unpleasant cravings Triggers: epinephrine, norepinephrine, endorphins, and dopamine
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This note was uploaded on 09/19/2011 for the course PSYC 2000 taught by Professor Munson during the Fall '10 term at LSU.

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Intro to Psych, Module 10 - Consciousness: Module 10 Drugs...

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