Drugs & Individual Behavior
PSYCH 3102
  Fall 2015
12:30-1:45 T Th   Sabin 35
Dr. Linda L. Walsh

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Phone: 273-2690      Email: 
Course online syllabus at: 
Drug Resources on the Web
Pharmacology Dictionary
Pharmacology Glossary
Drug Use Nationwide
Nonprescription Drugs

Daily Med

Web of Addictions
Alcoholics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous
Tobacco Control Archives
FDA    FDA News    Simple Medication Guides for Many Meds
Drug Enforcement Agency News
SAMHSA National Clearinghouse for Alcohol & Drug Information
Drug Interaction Checker
Drug Abuse Warning Network
Scientific American
Addiction/Recovery News Feed

Class Schedule & Reading Assignments
 Julien's Primer of Drug Action: A Comprehensive Guide to the Actions, Uses & Side Effects of Psychoactive Drugs by Advocat, Comaty
& Julien (13th Edition)
Note: The chapter order of the 13th Edition has changed substantially so if you use an older addition the chapter numbers will be different.
Underlined text in syllabus refers to web documents,easily accessed from our online syllabus at
Lectures draw broadly from many sources so everything we cover will not be found in the text.
Tentative Schedule
Date Day Topic Reading Assignment
8/25  T Introduction to Drugs 
Pharmacists' Right to Refuse to Fill Prescriptions?
State Differences in Conscience Clause vs "Must-Fill" Laws

FYI: 2 major national studies of drug use: 
Monitoring the Future     National Survey on Drug Use and Health
Syllabus; Chapter 2 to page 47
FDA's Tips for Taking Medicines
Placebo Effect: Power of the Sugar Pill
Even When You Know It's a Placebo!
Generic vs. Brand-Name?

TH How Drugs Move into, Around and Eventually Out of Your Body; 
Food-Drug & Drug-Drug Interactions 
Drug Interaction Checker
Pages 48-60
Basic Pharmacology Slides

Food-Drug Interactions ; Grapefruit Juice Effect
Reading a Medication Label 
Abbreviations Used in Prescriptions
T Drug Dose & Individual Differences in Drug Effects; 
Side Effects and Adverse Effects
Drug Safety and Effectiveness: No Drug is Completely Safe


Chapter 3 pages 78-89 plus p. 60-61
How to Report Adverse Events 
Wikipedia:Dose-Response Relationship
First Pass Metabolism
TH Watch Out for Medication Errors
Medication Error Example: ADHD Kids Getting Methadone by Mistake
Big Bucks - Big Pharma and Advertising
The Truth About Drug Companies
Avoiding Medication Errors    Common Med Errors
Drug Names Causing Med Errors
Drug Name Confusion

Generic Drug Substitution

Pill Identifier Site
T Introduction  to Your  Nervous System 
Neurotransmitters & Their Receptors
Drug Effects on Messages in the Nervous System 

(see note below about class Thurs)

Chapter 1, this handout and these websites:
Basic Brain Areas  
Autonomic Nervous System
The Synapse    Neurotransmitters
Nervous System Slides
TH Assignment 1 Due 
Review your notes so you can ask questions in preparation for our first exam.
Come to class and compete for extra credit points in Drugs Jeopardy.
You can only earn EC points if you have a well done Assignment 1 to prove
you were an asset to your Jeopardy team.

 T Test 1!!!


Introduction to CNS Depressants; Bet to Know Barbiturates  & Benzodiazepines

How to Get Into Pharmaceutical Sales
Pharmaceutical Sales

Chapter 13 up to 450

Barb-Benzo Slides


CNS Depressants Continued: 
Benzodiazepines and Newer Drugs 
Learn more about Anxiety: Phobias Slides     Generalized Anxiety Disorder Slides
More about Benzos
Barb/Benz Studylist
Rohypnol & Other "Date-Rape" Drugs



Alcohol: A Classic Depressant 
Chapter 5 to 154
Alcohol Slides

College Students & Drinking 
"Drunk Support" on College Campuses


Alcohol Abuse

The COMBINE Sudy of Medical Management of Alcoholism
Alcohol Studylist
What is Alcoholics Anonymous?

12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous
Fact Sheet - FAS     NOFAS
Rational Recovery Center


Major Stimulants: Cocaine   Chap 7
Coke-Amphetamine Slides

 T Major Stimulants: Amphetamines
Multimodal Treatment Study of Kids with ADHD 
Meth Addiction and Treatment    Crystal Meth Anonymous    
Iowa Meth Problem       

Interested in meds used on kids? See extra Chapter 16 in Julien book.

Consider doing the Optional Addiction Simulation
Additional pages 523-531 on ADHD
Amphetamine/Cocaine Studylist
Addiction's Path 
Effects of Cocaine in the Brain
Self-Test for Cocaine Addiction
10/8  TH
Chap 11 361-368

10/13 T Test 2

10/15 TH Stimulants: Caffeine & Its Relatives
Select a brand name prescription medication for Assignment 2
Introduction to the PDR    Wikipedia: Physicians' Desk Reference description
Chap 6 pages 167-175
CaffeineSlides  Caffeine Studylist
Neuroscience Resources for Kids - Caffeine
Caffeine FAQ   Caffeine Content in Products
Exploring Chocolate 
Energy Drinks

Midterm Grades Due Nicotine Slides
10/20  T Stimulants: Nicotine & Smoking Cessation

Pages 176-192
The QuitNet - Quit Smoking Resource
Smoking Cessation
Nicotine Studylist


Narcotic Analgesics
Narcan to Save Lives

Assignment 2 due
Chapter 10


Treatment of Narcotic Addiction
Narcotic Slides
Narcotic Studylist
NFL Overuse of Pain Relievers

Treatment of Addiction
TH OTC Analgesics and Other Psychoactive OTCs 
Look up Nonprescription and Herbal Products
OTC/Herbal Slides
OTC Studylist
Check your email for the OTC Reading
Over the Counter Labeling Changes
Acetominophen and Liver Damage

T Herbal/Natural Remedies; Anabolic Steroids
Herbal Powerpoint
Last date to turn in Optional Addiction Simulation.

Herbal Products--What You Should Know
Herbal Adverse Effects and Drug Interactions


Steroids continued
Steroid Reading Assignment

Test 3

 TH Psychotherapeutic Drugs: Antidepressants
Depression in Children and Adolescents
Learn more about Depression: Understanding Depression Slideshow
Antidepressant Powerpoint
Chapter 12

Treatment of Depression
St. John's Wort
Serotonin Syndrome

Fill out this table to review the antidepressants.

 T Mood Stabilizers
Stabilizer Slides

Assignment 3 Due

Chapter 14
SSRI Discontinuation Syndrome
Management of Bipolar Disorder

 TH Antipsychotics

The Drug Problem in Nursing Homes
 Antipsychotics Powerpoint
Psychotherapeutic Drug Studylist

Chapter 11

Fill out this table to review the antipsychotics.


 T Cannabis 

Cannabis Powerpoint

Chapter 9
The Marijuana Anonymous Home Page
Classic Psychedelics
Last day to turn in Extra Credit or Optional Assignments.
Cannabis and Infertility      Cannabis and Cancer
12/8 T Psychedelics continued 
Use of Synthetics Declining
Inhalant Slides
Hallucinogen Slides
Chapter 8
Is LSD Safe? (from the Star Tribune)
Factline on Inhalants
ACh Related Hallucinogens
Fill out this table to review the psychedelics.
TH Test 4
 Test 4 studylist

Munch The Scream"How much of this stuff will be on the exam?"

    Yes, this course has a lot of assigned links, which have a lot of links, which have a lot of links . Relax, some of these links are images, study aids, or brief examples to help you learn class material. Only a portion of them are "readings". Some of the web links I will actually use as part of lecture. Feel free to go beyond what's assigned however - that's often how you'll find what in this drugs course is most personally meaningful or useful to you. What you find will reinforce the textbook and lectures, and so it will also help you to do better on the exams. The more ways that you interact with the vocabulary, concepts and findings we will be discussing, the better your memory and understanding of the material will be.
    Which brings us to the fact that although drugs and behavior is an interesting and important topic, it is not an easy topic to master. We will be covering dozens of drug names, hundreds of drug effects on behavior, on the body or impacting on society. Many of you will have difficulty with our brief discussions of how the drugs actually change nervous system functioning. To remember the details of this course really requires active study techniques on your part!! I can almost guarantee you that attending class and reading the book won't be enough to earn top grades in this class. It takes some active drilling and doing, some intentional repeated studying of material (rather than one cram session) to keep the facts straight. I strongly recommend 1) actively taking condensed notes and/or making flashcards for each chapter we cover. Try filling out this table as you read each chapter. If you don't find all the information in the book, bring your tables to class. Lecture is most important and will pull in information from sources other than our text. We also will skip some of the detail in the book (but you have to be in class to know what you are responsible for). Drug information is worth the study effort because I think you will use what you learn for the rest of your life.

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Course Requirements

     Realizing that this course draws students from many different majors and with varying commitments outside of the class, I have tried to design a flexible set of assignments that gives you some freedom of choice. A few assignments I consider important learning experiences for all students. These are labeled REQUIRED below. Other assignments may be of interest to students with particular career goals/interests or to students who prefer to have a greater percentage of their grade based on assignments and a smaller percentage of their grade based on tests. Many students feel like they have more control over how well they do on assignments vs the uncertainty of how well they might do on exams. These assignments are labeled OPTIONAL below. Note that OPTIONAL does not mean extra credit: if you choose to do optional assignments your "points possible" increases and the relative importance of tests decreases somewhat. In the end your grade will be based on the percentage of points you earned but note that you must achieve at least a passing average (60%) on exams.  Our 4 exams will be worth about 125 each or 500 points total. The remaining will come from the assignments below. Please note that late submissions will lose points.

Occasional In-Class Activity Points - may not be made up if missed

ASSIGNMENT 1 - Notes to prepare for Jeopardy and Test 1. Due 9/10.  10 pts
Completion of this linked assignment before class on 1/31 is necessary to earn any Jeopardy points and will help you prepare for our first exam. I will be collecting this homework, so you may want to make a second copy for yourself to study for the exam the next xlass period. Os test yourself - see if you can fill out a second copy of the assignment from memory only - no notes or book.

I believe that everyone should know how to find information on the medications they or their loved ones are taking. Today's physicians rarely take the time to fully inform patients about their meds and often don't ask what other drugs, herbs, or supplements are being used. Pharmacists make mistakes. It is up to us to take an active role in monitoring our healthcare and watch out for ourselves - even if it means wading through some medical jargon. For this assignment you must find key information on prescription drug of your choice, using either the  official manufacturer's package insert/FDA approved package labeling information (see this website) or, for fairly recent drugs, the same information is available in the official professional Physician's Desk Reference used by physicians and at least 1 other detailed general drug reference. If you don't have a medication in mind I'd suggest choosing one of the medications included in our text to get a head start on a drug category we will be covering later.

ASSIGNMENT 3 - REQUIRED- Critical evaluation of a OTC drug commercial or ad Due 11/17. 25 pts Provide the link to a drug commercial or copy adrug ad from a magazine promoting one of the OTC analgesic, cold/flu or allergy remedies covered in class. Using class information and drug references as well as online resources for the particular product,  evaluate everything that is said, everything that seems to be suggested, the way the drug is portrayed or referred to, sale pitch, and the accuracy, honesty & completeness of the info presented. Is the manufacturer being totally straight forward with the consumer? Or does the ad mislead consumers with what it says, implies, or what it fails to say? Would you praise or "tsk tsk" their advertising? 

Optional (not Extra Credit) Assignment. Do a 2 day Addiction Simulation . This simulation is recommended for future teachers and is not recommended for anyone who has had a substance abuse problem. It is only an educational experience if you commit to truly following the instructions. It does involve deceiving friends, family, and employers for the 2 day period. It makes the most educational sense to do this assignment while we are discussing the most addictive drugs (alcohol, nicotine, amphetamine/cocaine, or narcotic analgesics, but at the very latest this assignment is Due no later than 12/3.
(up to 25 pts)

Optional (not Extra Credit) Assignment. Arrange to go out into the community (Waterloo-Cedar Falls or your hometown area) and interview an individual or individuals who are currently working living in areas affected by drug-use (police, substance abuse counselors, school counselors, health care providers, court officials are some that come to mind). Plan for your interview carefully, doing some reading to help prepare a good list of questions. Prepare a report on the individual(s), the setting, your questions, and the interview responses. If you feel you and your interviewee are up to it, a videotape of your "investigative report" could be an alternative.(up to 25 pts) Due no later than 12/3.

10 pt Extra Credit. Search online for, or keep a blank videotape/DVD handy in your recorder at home to record any educationally valuable shows, segments, or news reports on the drugs/drug issues we cover in this class. Turn the url/tape/DVD in to me with a summary of the program , why you think it's relevant to the class, and a critical evaluation of the value of segment on that form. Realize that brief segments are the most useful for class.  (Tape/dvd will be returned). May be done once for credit.  Due no later than 12/3!!

There will be occasional extra credit points available throughout the semester.

Makeup exams are strongly discouraged. If a makeup is necessary you must contact me on or before the scheduled day of the regular exam, provide documentation on why you missed the exam, and the makeup must be taken before the exams are returned to the class. Except under extraordinary circumstances, only 1 makeup exam per student will be allowed per semester. Makeup exams will include extra essay questions.

  • Grading:
  • ***You must have a passing average (60%) on exams to pass the course. If you have at least a passing average on exams,
          then your grade will be passed on the total percentage of points earned during the semester, strictly
    according to this scale:
    80.0 - 82.9%
    67.0 - 69.9% 
    90.0 - 92.9%
    77.0 - 79.9% 
    63.0 - 66.9% 
    87.0 - 89.9%
    73.0 - 76.9% 
    60.0 - 62.9% 
    83.0 - 86.9% 
    70.0 - 72.9%
    0.0 - 59.9%

    About Your Prof
    Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
    Education: B.S. (Psychology) University of Illinois, Chicago;
                      M.A. (Biopsychology) University of Chicago;
                      Ph.D. (Biopsychology) University of Chicago
    Married:  James Walsh (attorney)
    Children:  3 girls (Jennifer, Sara, & Annie)
    Hobbies:  Gardening, gourmet cooking, travel, concert-hopping, reading
    Most unusual experiences: Performing brain surgery on rats, riding an elephant (twice!), climbing the Great Pyramid, wearing a live python around my neck, flying in a blimp, visiting ancient Greek ruins, giving birth
    Goals: Continue to learn for the rest of my life, enjoy my professional and private lives, help others discover psychology (especially the biological side of psychology)

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    This page was prepared by Linda Walsh, Dept. of Psychology,
    University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0505.
    Last updated 8/12/15