Discovery Courses Fall 2013

L&S C30T Drugs and the Brain

3 units
This course is also listed as Molecular and Cell Biology C62

David Presti (Home Department: Molecular and Cell Biology)

Nowhere are the connections between chemistry, cell biology, physiology, psychology, sociology, public policy, and constitutional law more vividly illustrated than in understanding the effects of drugs on the human brain and human behavior. This L&S Discovery Course will deal with just that: the biology, chemistry, psychology, and sociology of psychoactive drugs. Such substances—which include stimulants, sedatives, psychedelics, analgesics, antidepressants, antipsychotics, and others—have powerful effects on the human brain and on human behavior. The origins of drugs as components of plants that have enjoyed deep historical relationships with humankind will be emphasized. The necessary biological, chemical, and psychological background material for understanding the content of this course will be contained within the course itself.

This course may be used to satisfy the Biological Science breadth requirement in Letters and Science.

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