Fall 2020


Listed in: Neuroscience, as NEUR-325  |  Psychology, as PSYC-325

Formerly listed as: PSYC-25

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Sarah M. Turgeon (Section 01)


(Offered as PSYC 325 and NEUR 325) In this course we will examine the ways in which drugs act on the brain to alter behavior. We will review basic principles of brain function and mechanisms of drug action in the brain. We will discuss a variety of legal and illegal recreational drugs as well as the use of psychotherapeutic drugs to treat mental illness. Examples from the primary scientific literature will demonstrate the various methods used to investigate mechanisms of drug action, the biological and behavioral consequences of drug use, and the nature of efforts to prevent or treat drug abuse.

Requisite: PSYC 212, PSYC/NEUR 226, or NEUR 213, or consent of the instructor. Limited to 25 students. Not open to five college students. Fall semester. Professor Turgeon.

If Overenrolled: Psychology majors have preference by class year.


Attention to Research, Attention to Writing


2020-21: Offered in Fall 2020
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021