Py 217, Drugs, Brain, and Behavior
Section A MWF 11:00-12:00, Harbert 325
Section B MWF 12:30-1:30, Harbert 325
Professor: Lynne Trench, Ph.D. T.A.: Alexis Pappas
Office: Harbert 309 Phone: 720-560-8423
Phone: 226-4835 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: TTh 1:00-3:00 or by appointment
Kuhn, C., Swartzwelder, S. & Wilson, W. (2008). Buzzed: The straight facts about the most used and abused drugs (3rd Edition). New York: W. W. Norton and Company.
Other reading materials will be put on reserve in the library or handed out in class.
This course will be a survey of how various drugs affect the brain and behavior. We will focus on drugs of abuse. Be aware that we may not specifically cover psychotherapeutic drugs, steroids, or herbal supplements. For the first part of the course, we will study how drugs affect the brain and body and some of the scientific research findings on addiction. In the second part of the course we will look at the main classes of drugs and study how these drugs affect the brain and behavior. In the last part of the course we will discuss how drugs affect society, prevention, treatment, and drug policy. Although this class is primarily psychological in nature, we will borrow from the disciplines of biology and sociology. In addition to daily readings and discussion, you will be required to complete a number of assignments.
Upon completing this course, you should be able to do the following, consistent with the learning outcomes for the Psychology department:
1) assess scientific evidence regarding the effects of drug use on the body
2) realize common misperceptions regarding drug use and its consequences
3) understand some of the moral and ethical implications of drug use (licit and illicit) and the effects on society
4) improve your oral and written communication skills