Drug Dependence and the Brain

Educate yourself on the biopsychological theories of drug addiction and reward systems in the brain, to better understand the effects of drugs. The term "drugs" encompasses different classifications of mind-altering substances, from legal to illegal. Each type has a different impact on the brain and has varying points of toxicity. In this course, you'll learn about:

  • The term "drugs" and what it covers
  • Key term definitions
  • The biological effects of psychoactive drugs
  • Effects of illegal drug taking
  • Specific drugs, both unlawful and medicinal and their effects
  • How addiction presents itself in the brain (the central nervous system)