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Current Developments in Psychopharmacology

  • Walter B. Essman
  • Luigi Valzelli

Part of the Current Developments in Psychopharmacology book series (CDPS, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Kari Y. H. Lagerspetz
    Pages 1-43
  3. Alberto Oliverio, Claudio Castellano
    Pages 45-64
  4. Hitoshi Itoh
    Pages 93-126
  5. R. Kumar, M. Lader
    Pages 127-164
  6. Ariel Arieli, Elie Lepkifker
    Pages 165-190
  7. Haruo Nagayama, Akinori Takagi, Ryo Takahashi
    Pages 191-214
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 215-226

About this book

Introduction

The areas of experimental and clinical psychopharmacology have continued to grow in terms of the numbers of studies appearing in the literature as well as the activity generated by other disciplines that has influenced the output of behavioral pharmacology research. Psychoactive drugs have been considered for their comparative effects upon selected behaviors or for their effect upon diverse behaviors. Behavioral circum­ stances certainly influence not only the metabolism and action of psycho­ tropic drugs behaviorally, but also the disposition of these agents and/ or their metabolites in regions of the central nervous system. There can hardly be a psychopharmacology without a neuropharmacology, and the latter would seem to depend upon a neurochemistry. There would appear to be variables that exert potent influences upon the disposition and action of psychotropic drugs, that also relate quite directly to their effects upon behavior; these include drug interactions, nutritional status, environmental effects such as temperature, photic and tactile stimulation, and stress, and the basal status upon which such drug treatment is superimposed. In this volume of Current Developments in Psychopharmacology, which will be the last to appear in this format, we have sought to focus upon a series of current topical reviews that highlight representative areas of experimental and clinical research activity in psychopharmacology. In the first chapter, Dr. Lagerspetz reviews a frequently neglected aspect of psychopharmacological research-the actions of psychoactive agents upon the nervous system and behavior of non-mammalian species.

Keywords

pharmacology psychopharmacology research

Editors and affiliations

  • Walter B. Essman
    • 1
    • 2
  • Luigi Valzelli
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyQueens College of the City University of New YorkFlushingUSA
  2. 2.Department of BiochemistryQueens College of the City University of New YorkFlushingUSA
  3. 3.Section of NeuropsychopharmacologyMario Negri Institute for Pharmacological ResearchMilanItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-8123-5
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-011-8125-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-8123-5
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