Nov 27, 2022  
College Catalog 2022-2023 
    
College Catalog 2022-2023

NEU 325 - The Neuroscience of Drug Abuse

4.00 credits.
Psychoactive substances have been in use before the birth of civilization–thus understanding why humans have sought and taken psychoactive drugs is, in a sense, understanding our history. Psychoactive substances have an immense impact in our society. Some are abused and can be incredibly disabling–losing jobs, destroying relationships, and even death. Some are used recreationally (legally and illegally) and can relieve stress, improve cognitive function, and promote overall well-being. In this course, we will talk about the state of drug use in America and its impact on our society. We will take a Bio-Psycho-Social approach (with a heavy emphasis on brain mechanisms) in understanding how drugs affect the human condition. *Prerequisite(s): NEU 125  and junior status or greater, or permission of instructor. Fall semester.