PSYCH 388

Drugs, Reward and Addiction

Psychology College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Course Description

Examines the biopsychosocial nature of drug and behavioral addiction. This course presents the most current research in the field and bridges psychology and neuroscience.

When Taught

Fall

Grade Rule

Grade Rule 8: A, B, C, D, E, I (Standard grade rule)

Min

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

0

Title

1. Understanding the fundamentals of drug use

Learning Outcome

Learn the theoretical basis of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics, and critically evaluate research in the field. Measurement: Students will demonstrate this understanding through in-class discussion and on quizzes and exams.

Title

2. Understanding the neural basis of reward

Learning Outcome

Learn the neural underpinnings of drug and behavioral reward, and evaluate research methods in biochemistry, pharmacology, psychology, and neuroscience. Measurement: Students will demonstrate this understanding through in-class discussion and on quizzes and exams.

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3. Understanding the biopsychosocial nature of addiction

Learning Outcome

Learn the historical, political and sociological aspects of drug abuse, addiction, treatment, and prevention. Use this knowledge to inform real-world treatments and outcomes associated with drug use and abuse. Students will be able to apply the principles discussed in class to problems and solutions regarding drug and behavioral addiction. Students will be able to critically reflect on the content of the course in light of their knowledge of and commitment to the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, and to sustain personal values that are true to the gospel, while maintaining their serious study of psychology and neuroscience. Measurement: Students will demonstrate this understanding through in-class discussion, on quizzes/exams. In addition, students will demonstrate this through lab reports on guest lecturers, presentations of news reports and current original research articles, and through attending a community addiction treatment facility and experiencing first-hand the practical aspects of addiction treatment.