Project #44897 - Psychology 2

 

Stress can exert powerful effects on brain functions. By influencing production of chemicals in the brain, drugs, too, may result in physiological outcomes.

 

Drugs that increase the level of serotonin in the brain, for example, may lead to sleepiness or lethargy. Many legal drugs, such as caffeine and nicotine, can have dramatic effects on brain functioning and behavior as well.

 

For this Application Assignment, analyze biological and behavioral effects of psychotropic medication.

 

To prepare for this Assignment:

 

  • Review Chapter 2, “Brain and Behavior,” in your course text. View the table that contains a list of major neurotransmitters and descriptions of their roles in the brain. (Acetylcholine, Dopamine, GABA, Glutamate, Norepinephrine, Serotonin)
  • Review Chapter 5, “States of Consciousness,” in your course text. Focus on the section entitled, “Drug-Altered Consciousness—The High and Low of It.”
  • Visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website, http://store.samhsa.gov/facet/Substances. Select a drug from the list provided at this site. (Remember that nicotine and caffeine are also drugs that affect the brain.)

 

The Assignment (2–3 pages)

 

In a 2- to 3-page paper, address the following components as you analyze the biological and behavioral effects of psychotropic medication:

 

  • The classification of the drug (e.g., stimulant, depressant, hallucinogen, narcotic, etc.)
  • The biological effects typically produced by the drug, including the action(s) of the drug on the central nervous system. In addition, be sure to discuss the impact on a specific neurotransmitter. Include long-term effects on the body.
  • The behavioral effects typically produced by the drug

 

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Due By (Pacific Time) 10/26/2014 02:30 pm
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