Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior 14th Edition

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After graduating from Cornell University and serving a brief stint in the U.S. Army, Oakley Ray became a full-time student at the University of Pittsburgh, training to be a clinical psychologist. He completed his clinical training and moved to animal research even before he received his Ph.D. Working in the behavioral research laboratory of Larry Stein, he learned all the techniques and technologies of brain stimulation and biochemistry relevant to the expanding field of neuropsychopharmacology. Stein’s laboratory was part of a multidisciplinary research facility so Oakley Ray learned brain anatomy, surgery, biochemistry, and pharmacology. When Larry Stein moved on, Oakley Ray took over the lab, expanded it, and established it as an independent research laboratory. He continued working in Pittsburgh as an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and at Chatham College while still directing the research laboratory in the Veterans Administration Hospital at Leech Farm Road in Pittsburgh.

Following his move to Nashville to be Professor in Psychology and Pharmacology, and later in Psychiatry, as well as the Chief of the Psychology Program at the Nashville Veteran’s Administration Hospital, he became more involved in human psychopharmacology. He later served as the Executive Secretary of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and the International College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

Dr. Carl Hart is an Associate Professor in both the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at Columbia University and is also a Research Scientist in the Division of Substance Abuse at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. A major focus of Dr. Hart’s research is to understand the complex interactions between neurobiological and environmental factors that mediate and modulate the actions of drugs of abuse, including drug-taking behaviour and cognitive performance. Dr. Hart’s research has been supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse for the past several years. In addition to his substantial research responsibilities, Dr. Hart teaches an undergraduate Drugs and Behaviour course and was recently awarded Columbia University’s highest teaching award.

Charles Ksir received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D. from Indiana University in Bloomington. Following his postdoctoral training in Neurobiology at the Worcester Foundation in Massachusetts, he began a 34-year career in teaching and research at the University of Wyoming, where he also served in a variety of administrative positions. Now a professor emeritus, he focuses his efforts on teaching and textbook writing. He has taught the psychology course Drugs and Behaviour to more than three thousand students since 1972 and has received several teaching awards.
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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 14 edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073380903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073380902
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By nycstandards on May 3, 2012
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WHile this is an excellent book... it is way overpriced for what it is. Perhaps the price would be more justified if it were at least hardcover.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura Cozine on July 9, 2013
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I ordered this textbook for my class. My school bookstore wanted $130.00 for a used one. Buying this book saved me $100.00 - literally!!! The book was used but was in excellent condition. I was sooo happy with this purchase! Best purchase I have ever made on Amazon! This book had no marks and no highlighting. It did have a few page earmarks, but who cares. The cover was in good condition. Couldn't have asked for a better book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason on September 16, 2012
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You wanna learn about drugs and the effects? This book gives in-depth detail on a variety of drugs while naming the specific neurotransmitters affected by them respectively.

Psychology FTW.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By StierPlay on December 23, 2011
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Used this book in my psycopharmacology class (388), was very happy with it. It provides a thorough introduction to psychoactive drugs, one of those books good enough to actually use...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ShaWashanah on March 16, 2014
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This is an excellent book. Every single type of drug is discussed and broken down. I could not be happier with these authors. They did an excellent job in explaining so much material in very lament terms. I learned a lot in using this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nicci Ramsey on June 12, 2012
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I found this book to be very informative, interesting, and easy to read/follow. This book was more informative in my community college course than a different text that was used in my grad program. Read this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fishes on March 28, 2014
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Great source of information. Was the book needed for the course taken. Would use this book again. This book opened my eyes to the problems associated with drugs.
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By mnt on October 10, 2013
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eeasy to understand but chapters are very long.used books are the only way to go. new books are way to expensive.
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