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.
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:
*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
Available to qualified adopters of the textbook, Psychopharmacology's Instructor's Resource Library provides instructors with 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
Included in the Instructor's Resource Library, the Psychopharmacology Test Bank includes 50 test questions per chapter, consisting of approximately forty multiple-choice, and ten 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.
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.