Drugs and Behavior: An Introduction to Behavioral Pharmacology eBook, 8th Edition

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Drugs and Behavior: An Introduction to Behavioral Pharmacology eBook, 8th Edition

By Stephanie Hancock, William McKim
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A contemporary survey of behavioural pharmacology
Drugs and Behavior: An Introduction to Behavioral Pharmacology provides a clear overview of this intriguing discipline, as it helps students understand human behaviors and reflect on developments in the field. Taking over from longtime author William McKim, and continuing the personalised style and enthusiastic approach for which the text has been known, new lead author Stephanie Hancock describes basic pharmacological concepts of drug administration and pharmacokinetics, research methodology and clinical trials, tolerance and withdrawal, drug conditioning, addiction processes, and the neuroscience of drug action. In each chapter, these concepts are applied to different classes of recreational and therapeutic drugs within a historical and social backdrop. The 8th Edition has been substantially revised and updated to include the newest research findings and real-world examples related to drug use and addiction.

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Substantial revisions and updates include the newest research findings, real-world examples, and a new lead author
  • NEW! The 8th Edition includes the most current information on “prevalence of use” data, recent trends in drug availability, and newly revised key features (DSM-5 diagnostic criteria) of substance-related and addictive disorders — including gambling disorder, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders, and major depressive disorder.
  • NEW! Pharmacokinetic, neuropharmacological, physiological, and behavioural research findings have been added on topics such as caffeinated alcoholic beverages, e-cigarettes, dissolvable tobacco products, energy drinks and shots, synthetic cathinones (“bath salts”), synthocannabinoids (“herbal incense”), MDMA (“ecstasy”/“molly”), and ayahuasca.
  • UPDATED! A thoroughly revised and elaborated chapter on cannabis covers the following:
    • Changes in the use and composition of cannabis and cannabinoid compounds;
    • New research evidence of drug effects;
    • Recent legislative changes; and
    • Synthocannabinoids (“synthetic marijuana” or “herbal incense”), including their history of emergence onto drug markets, legislation enacted to curb their distribution and use, pharmacokinetic and neuropharmacological effects, influence on human and animal behaviour, and the physiological and harmful effects of these compounds.
  • NEW! New chapter boxes highlight important drug-related processes, such as pharmaceutical drug development and the classification of controlled substances, as well as contemporary issues, like the shift in conceptualising addiction to include behaviours such as gambling and the physical and cognitive consequences of adding caffeine to alcohol.
  • NEW! Dr. William McKim has graciously passed the reins of first authorship to Dr. Stephanie Hancock. Bill first put pen to paper to create this innovative textbook in the early 1980s, and has since lovingly and meticulously updated each of the previous editions. Stephanie will carry on the personal style and enthusiastic approach for which the text is known.
Trusted features engage students and emphasise the interconnectedness between mind and body
  • Chapter boxes, tables, and figures highlight relevant and interesting contemporary issues, illustrate recent research findings and trends in drug use, and depict key concepts to aid student comprehension and retention of the material.
  • A thorough review of the basic principles and key concepts of psychology, pharmacology, and neurophysiology — such as learning and memory, drug action within the body, and neurotransmission — allows students to explore interactions between processes which, together, constitute the drug experience.
  • Examination of both psychotherapeutic and recreational drugs allows students to distinguish the key similarities and differences between various classes of drug compounds and to better understand their subjective, behavioural, and neuropharmacological effects.
Table of contents
  • 1. Some Basic Pharmacology
  • 2. Behavioral Analysis of Drug Effects
  • 3. How We Adapt to Drugs: Tolerance, Sensitization, and Expectation
  • 4. Neurophysiology, Neurotransmitters, and the Nervous System
  • 5. Substance Use and Addictive Disorders
  • 6. Alcohol
  • 7. Anxiolytics and Sedative-Hypnotics
  • 8. Tobacco and Nicotine
  • 9. Caffeine and the Methylxanthines
  • 10. Psychomotor Stimulants
  • 11. Opioids
  • 12. Antipsychotic Drugs
  • 13. Antidepressants
  • 14. Cannabis
  • 15. Hallucinogens, Psychedelics, and Club Drugs