Drugs as Discriminative Stimuli

  • Albert Weissman
Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI, volume 22)


Drug studies have long been a magnet for behavioral biologists. The biochemical changes drugs produce in brain, the neurophysiological effects they bring about, their alterations of unconditioned and conditioned behavior, their interactions with stimuli-including drug stimuli-that produce all manner of central effects: all these subjects have been of utmost importance. Drugs may be considered as a class of stimuli with effects so varied that the usual stimuli that psychologists use as independent variables -lights, sounds, feeds, electric shocks -- seem barren by comparison.


Conditioned Stimulus Discriminative Stimulus Subjective Effect Drug Discrimination Conditioned Behavior 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Albert Weissman
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  1. 1.Department of PharmacologyPfizer Inc.GrotonUSA

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