Psychopharmacology: Drugs, the Brain, and Behavior

Jerrold S. Meyer, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Linda F. Quenzer, University of Hartford
Jerrold S. Meyer, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Linda F. Quenzer, University of Hartford

Psychopharmacology: Drugs, the Brain, and Behavior

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Description

The First Edition of Psychopharmacology: Drugs, the Brain, and Behavior, published in 2004, was unique in its breadth of coverage ranging from historical accounts of drug use to clinical and preclinical behavioral studies to the latest research on drug effects in transgenic mouse models. Now extensively updated, the new Second Edition features:

  • A new and timely discussion of emerging substances of abuse such as...

The First Edition of Psychopharmacology: Drugs, the Brain, and Behavior, published in 2004, was unique in its breadth of coverage ranging from historical accounts of drug use to clinical and preclinical behavioral studies to the latest research on drug effects in transgenic mouse models. Now extensively updated, the new Second Edition features:

  • A new and timely discussion of emerging substances of abuse such as Salvia divinorum, “spice” or “K2,” and “bath salts.”
  • Presentation of key biological concepts such as epigenetics to help students understand current ideas about how mental illnesses arise and how drugs act on the brain to treat these illnesses.
  • Two new chapters that provide detailed information on various neurodegenerative disorders and the effects of neurotoxicants and endocrine disruptors on brain function and behavior.
  • A student Companion Website that contains outlines, flashcards and key terms, select animations, and Web Boxes for further exploration.
  • An Instructor’s Resource Library that contains all textbook figures and tables, lecture PowerPoints, and a test bank.

Student engagement with the material is fostered by opening each chapter with a relevant vignette and by providing breakout boxes presenting novel and, in some cases, controversial topics for special discussion. Box themes include History of Psychopharmacology, Pharmacology in Action, Clinical Applications, and The Cutting Edge. The book is lavishly illustrated with full-color photographs and line art depicting important concepts and experimental data.

Psychopharmacology: Drugs, the Brain, and Behavior, Second Edition is appropriate for undergraduate or beginning level graduate courses in psychopharmacology or drugs and behavior that emphasize relationships between the behavioral effects of psychoactive drugs and their mechanisms of action.

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Jerrold S. Meyer is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and former Director of the interdepartmental Neuroscience and Behavior Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He did his graduate work under Dr. Robert Bowman at the University of Wisconsin, receiving his Ph.D. in 1974, and he was a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Bruce McEwen at Rockefeller University and with Dr. William Boggan at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is the author or coauthor of over 120 articles and chapters in the fields of neuropharmacology and neuroendocrinology, and coauthored the first edition of the present text with Linda Quenzer as well as Principles of Neuropsychopharmacology (1997) with Robert Feldman and Linda Quenzer. Dr. Meyer is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Drug Abuse Research Society and the Editorial Board of the journal Neurotoxicology and Teratology. He is a past President of the Neurobehavioral Teratology Society. His current research, funded by the National Institutes of Health, focuses on stress and psychopathology in both humans and animal models. He has also recently conducted numerous studies on the neurotoxic and behavioral effects of the abused drug MDMA (“ecstasy”).

Linda F. Quenzer is Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Hartford. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1974 with Dr. Robert S. Feldman and she was an NIMH postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Preclinical Pharmacology with Dr. Norton Neff. During her appointment in the Departments of Pharmacology and Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut Medical School, she received a Career Development Award from the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association Foundation. Dr. Quenzer has extensive teaching experience in the areas of psychobiology and neuropsychopharmacology at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels. Her previous collaborations with Sinauer Associates include Fundamentals of Neuropsychopharmacology (1984, with Robert Feldman) and Principles of Neuropsychopharmacology (1997, with Robert Feldman and Jerrold Meyer). Her current interests concern the role of the HPA axis, hippocampal atrophy, and neurogenesis in psychiatric disorders.

For the Student

Companion Website (sites.sinauer.com/psychopharm2e)
New for the Second Edition, the Psychopharmacology Companion Website includes a variety of resources to help students learn and review the material presented in the textbook, and to expand the coverage of the textbook. The site includes the following:

  • Chapter Outlines
  • Animations: Detailed, narrated animations of some of the key complex processes described in the textbook
  • Web Boxes presenting novel or cutting-edge topics for special discussion
  • Web Links: A collection of suggested websites related to each chapter
  • Flashcards & Key Terms: A great way for students to learn and review the key terminology introduced in each chapter

For the Instructor (Available to Qualified Adopters)

Instructor’s Resource Library
Available to qualified adopters of the textbook, the Psychopharmacology, Second Edition Instructor’s Resource Library provides instructors a range of resources to help them prepare their lectures and assess their students. The IRL includes the following:

  • Textbook Figures & Tables: All of the figures (art and photos) and tables from the textbook are provided both as high-resolution and low-resolution JPEG images.
  • PowerPoint Presentations: Two presentations are provided for each chapter of the textbook:
    • All figures and tables from the chapter, ready to insert into custom presentations
    • A complete lecture presentation that includes comprehensive lecture notes and selected figures
  • Test Bank (see below for details)
  • Computerized Test Bank

Test Bank
Included in the Instructor’s Resource Library, the Psychopharmacology, Second Edition Test Bank includes 50 test questions per chapter, consisting of approximately 40 multiple-choice, and 10 short-answer. The questions have been designed to provide instructors with a good selection of factual and conceptual questions, at a range of difficulty levels. The test bank is provided as Microsoft Word files.

Computerized Test Bank
In addition to the Microsoft Word version of the Test Bank, all questions are available in Wimba’s Diploma test-creation software (software included). Diploma makes it easy to create quizzes and exams using any combination of publisher-provided questions and your own questions, and to print or publish your exams for online use.

 If you have adopted this text for course use (within the U.S. or Canada) and are interested in the instructor’s supplements that accompany the text, please contact Linda VandenDolder, linda.vandendolder@sinauer.com. Outside the U.S. or Canada? Check the orders and returns page for the distributor in your region.