Advances in Behavioral Pharmacology

Advances in Behavioral Pharmacology

First published on March 28, 1977

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  • Editors: Travis Thompson, Peter B. Dews
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483214894

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Advances in Behavioral Pharmacology, Volume 1 provides synthetic and analytic reviews of significant areas of behavioral pharmacology, particularly the behavioral mechanisms of drug action. The book presents papers on the behavioral pharmacology of the tetrahydrocannabinols; on infrahuman ethanol self-administration; and on the discriminative stimulus properties of drugs. The text then describes various methods used to study the effects of drugs on discrimination; signal detection (SDT), which attempts to separate effects of variables on discrimination processes or capacity (sensitivity) from effects on the subject's criterion; and some of the uses of this model in behavioral pharmacology. The rate-dependency of the behavioral effects of amphetamine, as well as some of the major events in the history of behavioral pharmacology are also considered. The book concludes by tackling the status of behavioral pharmacology. Behavioral pharmacologists, pharmacologists, physicians, and students taking pharmacology and medicine will find the book useful.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors


    Behavioral Pharmacology of the Tetrahydrocannabinols

    I. Introduction

    II. Difficulties in Studying the Behavioral Effects of Cannabis Preparations

    III. Scope of the Present Review

    IV. Effects of Tetrahydrocannabinols on Grossly Observable Behavior

    V. Effects of Tetrahydrocannabinols on Schedule-Controlled Behavior

    VI. Special Problems Concerning the Behavioral Effects of Tetrahydrocannabinols

    VII. Concluding Statements


    Ethanol Self-Administration: Infrahuman Studies

    I. Introduction

    II. Techniques Used in the Study of Ethanol Self-Administration

    III. Establishment of Ethanol Intake

    IV. Factors Affecting Ethanol Intake

    V. Elimination of Ethanol Drinking

    VI. Discussion

    VII. Conclusions


    The Discriminative Stimulus Properties of Drugs

    I. Introduction

    II. Special Problems with Drugs as Stimuli

    III. Drug Stimulus Control in the Absence of Discrimination Training

    IV. Drugs as Discriminative Stimuli

    V. Effectiveness of Drugs as Discriminative Stimuli

    VI. Generalization

    VII. Discriminability

    VIlI. Mechanisms of Drug Stimulus Control

    IX. Drug Stimulus Control in Man

    X. Nondrug Interoceptive Stimuli

    XI. Implications of Drug Stimulus Control


    Drugs, Discrimination, and Signal Detection Theory

    I. Introduction

    II. Methods Used to Investigate Drug Effects on Discrimination

    III. Signal Detection Theory

    IV. Drug Effects


    Rate-Dependency of the Behavioral Effects of Amphetamine

    I. Introduction

    II. General Statements on Rate-Dependency

    III. Rate of Responding as a Dependent and Independent Variable

    IV. Problems of Quantitation

    V. Amphetamines in Rats

    VI. Amphetamine in Squirrel Monkeys

    VII. Amphetamine in Pigeons

    VIII. Amphetamine in Mice

    IX. General Comments on Points Which May Not Conform to Trend

    X. Significance and Limitations of Analysis

    XI. Conclusions


    Note Added in Proof

    Behavioral Pharmacology: A Brief History

    I. Introduction

    II. Early Years

    III. 1800-1940

    IV. 1940-1955

    V. 1955-Present

    VI. Concepts Related to the Behavioral Actions of Drugs

    VII. Current Developments


    Current Status of Behavioral Pharmacology

    New Directions


    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 278
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1977
  • Published: March 28, 1977
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483214894

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Travis Thompson

Peter B. Dews

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