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PSYC 225 - Drugs and Behavior

5 CR

How do drugs influence our brain? Why are some drugs more commonly used than others? Are therapeutic drugs effective for treating psychological conditions? This class surveys the physiological, cognitive, socio-political, and cultural impacts of drug use. Topics include the effects of psychotropic drugs, substance use disorder, social influences and concerns regarding drug use, clinical trial processes, and therapeutic drug efficacy. 

Prerequisite(s): PSYC 100  

Course Outcomes
  • Describe the history of drug use in the United States including regulatory policies.
  • Evaluate changes in the public’s perception regarding drug use.
  • Describe the role of neurotransmitter systems, neuroanatomy, and physiology in psychoactive drug effects.
  • Examine the biological, socio-cultural, and environmental factors involved in drug use.
  • Review and critically evaluate substance use disorder theories.
  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of pharmacological treatments for psychological conditions.

GenEd Outcomes: Creative and Critical Thinking
  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
  • Research/Information Literacy

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