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The course explores various topics in the study of drug addiction. The
primary emphasis is on psychological and biological theories of drug addiction,
with only minor attention given to demographic data, clinical diagnosis,
and treatment. Underlying factors that are common in cases of addiction
to different classes of drugs are identified. Psychomotor stimulant (e.g.,
amphetamine, cocaine) and opiate (e.g., heroin, morphine) drugs figure
prominently in an examination of the pharmacological properties of addictive
drugs. Much of the course relates the important mood-elevating effects
of these drugs to their biological actions. Other factors that may contribute
to drug addiction are also examined.
Introductory Psychology, Research Methods, Biopsychology, or by permission
of the instructor. Some background in biology or physiology is highly recommended.
Students who have previously taken an introductory level survey course
examining illicit drugs are best prepared. Addiction involves the actions
of drugs on brain systems, and students lacking appropriate background
in the Biological Sciences should not expect to do well in this course.
This is a lecture course with some group discussions based on the assigned
readings. Video tapes and other assignments supplement the regular course
material. Some material is available only on the Internet and students
are required to have an active computer account. A ListServ-based discussion
group is used to address questions regarding the reading assignments, lecture
material, discussions and exams, and all students are required to participate
in the online discussion group (i.e., http://wings.buffalo.edu/aru/ARUdiscussion.htm).
students will be automatically subscribed at the end of the second week
Required reading material for this course will be on deposit at a local
photocopy center (see Online
Course Materials). This material is not available for loan from the
instructor. Some additional material may be found on the AddictionScience.net
web site. Other reading assignments are made from the professional literature
and are placed on reserve in the undergraduate library. Reading assignments
are made 'in class' and/or posted to the Discussion List.
Grades are determined by performance on three term exams that are scheduled
during regular class periods. Each term exam is weighted equally
for determining the course grade. Make-up exams are allowed only with
permission of the instructor prior to the scheduled test date. Extraordinary
circumstances, along with the appropriate documentation, should be brought
to the attention of the instructor for special consideration.
Class attendance and discussions constitute an important part of this course.
Students are responsible for all material discussed in class and for material
contained in the assigned readings. Students must obtain notes from fellow
students for missed class periods -- there are no standard notes available
from the instructor, and there are no private tutorials for this course.
The instructor is available throughout the semester to help students individually
and in small groups with the more difficult material during regular and
extended office hours (see above).
This course has been renumbered from PSY 351 to PSY
451. Students who have previously taken PSY 351 (as Drug Addiction) under
the old numbering system are not eligible to receive credit a second time
for this course.
|Changing classroom dynamics necessitate posting some explicit expectations
for student behavior. Click
here to read principles of student conduct in effect for this
course that supplement those outlined in the University at Buffalo Undergraduate
Catalog. Continued enrollment in this course presumes the student has
read and will adhere to these principles.
|Notice: Students with disabilities (physical or psychological)
that require special consideration should notify the instructor and
the Office of Disability Services (25 Capen Hall, 645-2608) during the
first two weeks of class. Various support services may be available.
The material contained on this web site and the material
distributed for class are protected by U.S. and International copyright
laws. Students are expressly prohibited from making audio or video recordings
of lecture material and discussions and from compilation and distribution
of class material except for their own private use.
Demographic & Epidemiological Considerations
Principles of Drug Action
Theories of Addiction
Methods of Studying Drug Reinforcement
Preclinical (IVSA, CPP, DD, BSR)
Addiction as a Motivational Process
Neurobiology of Brain Reward Systems
Prototypic Addiction Drugs
Other Licit and Illicit Drugs
Stress Effects on Initiation and Relapse to Addiction
Individual Differences in Susceptibility to Addiction
Addiction to Commonly Used Substances?
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