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Drugs, Brain, and Behavior (6th Edition) 6th Edition

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The book content is based on the most recent information from the most authoritative, peer-reviewed sources available. As a result, it is the most readable and informative source with respect to understanding drug action in the nervous system as well as new treatments for a variety of mental and behavioral disorders. This up-to-date and readable third edition provides an exceptional overview of psychoactive drugs. The information is organized from the general to the specific, beginning with a historical perspective and subsequently moving through drug classifications, approaches to drug tolerance, dependence and abuse, psychological and behavioral effects, pharmacokinetics, mechanisms of action, common side effects, and current issues regarding drugs and their uses. Professor Grilly enhances readability by replacing highly esoteric clinical and medical jargon with more common terms and bold-face definitions. Psychologists, pharmacologists, medical employees, social workers, and drug abuse counselors. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Author #1:

After earning his doctorate in experimental psychology at the University of New Mexico in 1971, Dr. Grilly spent the next two years investigating the behavioral effects of cannabinoids after acute and chronic exposure in chimpanzees at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, New Mexico.  He then moved to Cleveland, Ohio, to take a position as a faculty member in the Psychology Department at Cleveland State University, where he spent the remainder of his 38 year career.  His research at CSU, primarily with rats, involved investigations of a variety of psychoactive drugs on a variety of behaviors.  These included investigating the potential use of signal detection theory in assessing  nociception and opiate withdrawal, determining the effects of drugs  on attentional processes (e.g., naltrexone, diprenorphine, morphine, barbiturates, amphetamine, cocaine, fluoxetine, nicotine, pemoline) and conditioned avoidance/escape behavior (e.g., clonidine, chlorpromazine, morphine), determining whether the effects of psychostimulants (e.g., cocaine, amphetamine) on sustained attention change with aging, and comparing the effects of very low to very high doses of amphetamine in rats with those shown in humans.  He also conducted research with humans investigating the effect of marijuana on visual short term memory and the changes in people’s perceptions of the effects of marijuana on driving. 


 

Author #2: Dr. John Salamone received his bachelor's degree from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri in 1978. He was a psychology major and biology minor.  Dr. Salamone then entered the psychobiology program at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated with a Ph.D. in 1982.  For postdoctoral training, Dr. Salamone received a National Science Foundation grant, and studied at Cambridge University in England. Dr. Salamone stayed in England for several more years, working at Merck, Sharpe and Dohme pharmaceutical laboratories. Upon returning to the United States, Dr. Salamone joined the Behavioral Neuroscience department at the University of Pittsburgh in 1986, and joined the Psychology Department at UConn in the fall of 1988. Dr. Salamone is now a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor; he also is the chair of the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience, and the head of the Behavioral Neuroscience Division of the Psychology Department. Dr. Salamone's research is largely in the fields of behavioral neuroscience and psychopharmacology, with an emphasis on studies related to Parkinson’s disease, depression, motivation, and effort-related decision making. Dr. Salamone has been the research advisor for more than 40 undergraduate honors students at the University of Connecticut. He was inducted as a member of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002, and he has received the University of Connecticut Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching. His daughter, Isabella Salamone, is currently an honor student studying biology at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Salamone’s hobbies include travel, astronomy, book collecting and cooking.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 6 edition (October 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205750524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205750528
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I used this book in my psychopharmacology course in grad school and it gave me an excellent insight into the pharmacokinetic aspects of psychotropic drugs. I have found that, even after starting medical school, this is a book that I use over traditional pharmacology texts for drugs related to psychiatric disorders, those used for epilepsy, and opioid drugs.

The book begins with an introduction to neurotransmitters and their common functions in the CNS. There are separate chapters for each class of psychotropic drug: antipsychotics, antidepressants, antiepileptics, opioids, ETOH, cannabinoids, dissociative anesthetics, and others that I am sure I am forgetting. Each chapter includes the history of the drug, mechanisms of action, pharmacokineitics and pharmacodynamics.
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I have to read this for my Psychopharmacology class. It's an amazing book and I plan on re-reading it in the summer. It covers everything you need to know about how drugs interact with your body. For instance, I didn't know that we had a Blood Brain Barrier, and I didn't know that ANY drug can pass through the placenta into the fetus. It's an amazing book. I took off a star because of they layout. It's just really crammed tight and doesn't hold my interest. I understand there's so much information but it's a bit overwhelming with the way they have the book format everything.
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This was an excellent book for those people interested in a psychopharmacological approach to the study of drugs. Each chapter builds on concepts introduced in the previous ones making the book both thorough and easy to follow. This is a must have for students, professors, or doctors involved in the pharmacological field.
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This book is absolutely great! It is truly a complete book in all of its aspects! Whenever I don't fully understand something in class I always refer back to this book and its a piece of cake! This book came in excellent condition just as mentioned and even before its shipping date! Absolutely recommend!
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This book has very little white space. Paragraphs are smushed together and it takes effort to concentrate and read. Content is good. Presentation could be better.
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I had one of the authors of this book as a teacher, he was knowledgeable and nice, but had a slight arrogance about him.
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