Class Neuropsychopharmacology

  • Presentation


    Curricular unit that seeks to provide students with knowledge about the mechanisms of action of the main psychoactive drugs.

  • Code


  • Syllabus


    1. Neurotransmitter and information processing systems

    2. Neurotransmitters and psychological and behavioural changes 

    3. Anxiolytics, hypnotics and sedatives

    4. Mood stabilizers

    5. Anti-psychotics

    6. Psycho-stimulants

    7. Depression and Antidepressants

    8. Pharmacological intervention in dementias.

    9. Alzheimer's disease

    10. Parkinson's disease

    11. Psychopharmacological treatment in the elderly population

  • Objectives


    Provide students with knowledge regarding the psychotropic drugs used in treatment of major brain dysfunctions or in acquired brain injuries. This knowledge on the pharmacological mechanisms allows a better understanding of the therapeutic effects as well as the side effects of psychotropic drugs in neuropsychological clinical contexts.

  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Theoretical classes are taught using the expository method for approach and discussion of programmatic content. The use of scientific studies at the intersection between neurobiology and neuropsychology allow a deeper understanding of the biological changes associated with the clinical and adverse effects of psychotropic drugs.

  • References


    Splittgerber, R. (2018). Snell's Clinical Neuroanatomy. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

    Braslow, J. T., & Marder, S. R. (2019). History of psychopharmacology. Annual review of clinical psychology, 15, 25-50.

    Stahl, S.M. (2013). Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications (4th ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

    Stahl, S. M. (2018). Prescriber's Guide Children and Adolescents: Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology. Cambridge University Press.

    Muse, M. (Ed.). (2017). Cognitive Behavioral Psychopharmacology: The Clinical Practice of Evidence-based Biopsychosocial Integration. John Wiley & Sons.

    Preston, J., O'Neal, J. H., & Talaga, M. C. (2010). Handbook of clinical psychopharmacology for therapists. New Harbinger Publications.

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