The course starts with an introduction to different classes of psychoactive drugs, the biochemical mechanisms and transmitters by which the different drugs exert their influence and the brain areas where these effects takes place. Pharmacological, neurophysiological and behavioral research procedures are reviewed. The course discusses the effects of different classes of psychoactive drugs on cognitive processes and behavior. Sensitization, habituation, addiction, abuse and withdrawal symptoms are explained.
- Teacher: Hatice Ulsever