Changing Your Perspective: The Science of Drugs, the Brain, and Behavior

Podcast-style audio course - 15 Topics & 5 CDs
Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
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Changing Your Perspective: The Science of Drugs, the Brain, and Behavior

Podcast-style audio course - 15 Topics & 5 CDs
Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00
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How do psychoactive drugs actually work?

From Bud Lite and Ritalin to LSD and barbiturates, chemical substances alter our brains and behaviors in surprising ways. In 15 masterful lectures, this audio course takes you on a fascinating tour of the major categories of psychoactive drugs.

As you explore the neuroscience and psychology behind these drugs, you’ll discover their benefits and risks. Like most thoughtful persons, you know how prevalent psychoactive drugs such as alcohol, antidepressants, cannabis, and opioids are in our society. Now is your opportunity to become a more informed friend, parent, or patient.

Modern science has illuminated our understanding of the chemistry and physiology of the nervous system. An expert in psychopharmacology, Prof. Thomas Borowski helps you survey the surprising physiological, molecular, and behavioral/cognitive effects of common psychoactive drugs. What are their therapeutic effects, side effects, and long-term effects on the brain?

By the end of the series, you will have a strong foundation of knowledge about the way drugs react with the nervous system, the main categories of drugs used to treat neuro

How do psychoactive drugs actually work?

From Bud Lite and Ritalin to LSD and barbiturates, chemical substances alter our brains and behaviors in surprising ways. In 15 masterful lectures, this audio course takes you on a fascinating tour of the major categories of psychoactive drugs.

As you explore the neuroscience and psychology behind these drugs, you’ll discover their benefits and risks. Like most thoughtful persons, you know how prevalent psychoactive drugs such as alcohol, antidepressants, cannabis, and opioids are in our society. Now is your opportunity to become a more informed friend, parent, or patient.

Modern science has illuminated our understanding of the chemistry and physiology of the nervous system. An expert in psychopharmacology, Prof. Thomas Borowski helps you survey the surprising physiological, molecular, and behavioral/cognitive effects of common psychoactive drugs. What are their therapeutic effects, side effects, and long-term effects on the brain?

By the end of the series, you will have a strong foundation of knowledge about the way drugs react with the nervous system, the main categories of drugs used to treat neuropsychiatric disorders, and what these drugs have taught us about treating mental disorders.

Join Prof. Borowski and gain practical information about a hot topic in our culture.

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Thomas Borowski, Ph.D., is a specialist in psychopharmacology and behavioral neuroscience. A professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, he also serves as director of the 5C neuroscience program at the Claremont Colleges. His research has been published in Brain Research and Behavioral Neuroscience, and his chapter on “Estrogen, Cholinergic System and Cognition” was included in the 2008 book Neuroactive Steroids in Brain Function, Behavior and Neuropsychiatric Disorders: Novel Strategies for Research and Treatment, edited by Michael S. Ritsner and Abraham Weizman. Prof. Borowski has been teaching at Pitzer College since 2004.

Praise for Thomas Borowski

“Thomas Borowski’s [Neuropharmacology] course is very popular and students often say he is one of their favorite professors. Dr. Borowski is an engaging and knowledgeable psychoparmacologist.”
– Melissa J. Coleman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, W.M. Keck Science Department of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges

  • What Is Psychopharmacology?
  • Your Brain’s Messengers: Neurotransmitters and Synapses
  • Brain Communication: Neurotransmitter Release, Receptors, and Termination
  • Pharmacokinetics: How Drugs Move in Your Body
  • Drug–Receptor Interactions
  • Tolerance, Withdrawal, and Sensitization
  • Alcohol and the Brain
  • Psychostimulants: Cocaine and Amphetamine
  • Opioids
  • Cannabinoids
  • Psychedelics
  • Antidepressants and Major Depression
  • Antipsychotics and Schizophrenia
  • Anti-Anxiety Drugs
  • Future Developments in Psychopharmacology

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