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Undergraduate students do not always get a sufficient introduction to neural and physiological sciences, so they are unprepared to approach courses in psychopharmacology. This text will introduce a sufficient background in neuroanatomy and physiology so that students can comprehend the necessary details of drug action. This text will also present pharmacology in the context of the behavioral disorders they are designed to treat, not necessarily by traditional drug classification. Students are familiar with the major diagnostic categories (affective disorders, psychoses, attention disorders, etc) so presenting pharmacology as it pertains to these familiar disorders strengthens their understanding of the physiology and neurochemistry underlying them as well as the approaches to their treatment. Students in many applied fields need accessible information that can be built upon in professional programs as well as information that is both relevant and applicable immediately. This text will provide both.
R. H. Ettinger is a professor of psychology at Eastern Oregon University where he teaches a popular course on psychopharmacology. His research interests span a range of topics; including, the neurobiology of feeding, the contributions of Pavlovian conditioning to drug tolerance, the development of an anti cocaine antibody, and investigations of the anxiolytic properties of Valeriana officinalis. Ettinger earned his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Washington State University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at Duke University.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Organization and Function of the Nervous System
Chapter 2:Psychopharmacology: Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
Chapter 3:Mood Disorders: Major Depression and Bipolar Disorders