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Drugs & Behavior, 7th Edition

An up-to-date overview of behavioral pharmacology.

Drugs & Behavior starts with descriptions of basic pharmacological concepts of drug administration and pharmacokinetics, research methodology including clinical trials, tolerance and withdrawal, drug conditioning, addiction processes, and the neuroscience of drug action. Each chapter applies these concepts to different classes of recreational and therapeutic drugs.

Each chapter also includes a section on the history of the drug class being described to place the drugs in their historical and social context. The text is written to be understandable to students without a background in pharmacology, neuroscience, or psychology.


Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers should be able to:

  • Understand the behaviors of people who use drugs as medicine and for recreation
  • Understand new trends and developments in pharmacology
  • Identify the subjective, behavioral, and neurological differences between the use of both classes of drug

I purchased this book for my Psychology Drugs and Behavior class, and I must say it was a tough read. Not only did the book have barely any pictures in it at all, but it also was set up to where there were two columns of writing on each page. I found myself very frustrated at times because I would read all of the way down a page only to have to go back to the top of the same page and read the second column. The book was also very confusing at times and just wasn’t very interesting. I ended up doing very well in the class, but the book only hindered me.

I love the layout of this text. Very straightforward, easy to understand, great for a graduate level course. I was very satisfied with this purchase.

I bought this for class, and I’m enjoying reading it. It does a good job of explaining basic concepts in the first few chapters, and then moving on to specific examples in the later ones. The chapters feel short, and the book is an easy read. The combination of the class and this book solidified my decision to go into pharmacology.

Product Details :

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 7 edition (July 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205242650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205242658
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.3 x 0.7 inches

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