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An introduction to the effects of drugs on behaviour (behavioural pharmacology) and brain/behavioural development (behavioural teratology) with a particular focus on drugs and other chemicals that are used to treat psychological disorders and to enhance memory, and drugs that are abused and may lead to dependence.
This course will comprise lectures and student-presented seminars on principles of and topics within behavioural pharmacology (effects of drugs and other chemical agents on behaviour) and behavioural teratology (effects of drugs and other chemical agents on brain/behaviour development). During the 1st term, there will be introductory lectures on some basic topics (such as the history of drug therapy, the evaluation of psychotropic drugs, the behavioural pharmacology of psychological disorders). From the 2nd term onwards, classes will comprise student-presented seminars and additional lectures on topics of current interest selected from: drugs used to treat psychological disorders; drug enhancement of memory; recreational drugs; effects of drugs and other chemicals on brain/behaviour development.
Students who successfully complete this course can expect to be able to:1. critically evaluate literature describing effects of psychotropic drugs and other chemicals on behaviour;2. appreciate the complexity of drug/brain/behaviour relationships;3. be aware of how exposure of immature organisms to drugs and other chemicals can modify their brain/behavioural development;4. evaluate experimental studies of drug effects on animal behaviour and human clinical trials, and interpret the significance of outcomes.
Entry subject to the approval of the Head of Department. RP: PSYC333 (or equivalent) is strongly recommended
PSYC333 (or equivalent) is strongly recommended
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Carlson, N.R. and Birkett, M.A;
Physiology of Behavior;
Domestic fee $2,066.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
Maximum enrolment is 22
For further information see
School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing on the department and colleges page.