ESP Splash Slides (Fall 2013)
Introduction to Neuropharmacology
These slides were shown at the beginning of class on both Saturday and Sunday. These slides explain how the brain works, excitatory and inhibitory receptors, and agonists and antagonists. These slides then introduce 6 important neurotransmitters, and some example drugs.
PDF slides - Note that one slide contains an animation, and the animation is lost in the PDF. Otherwise, the PowerPoint and PDF slides are identical.
These slides were shown on Saturday, but I barely got a third of the way through. There is a lot more material here for you to enjoy. First, I give the definition of addiction. Then I explain the physiological basis of addiction, which is dopamine signaling in a brain region called the nucleus accumbens. Next, I show that drugs with a faster onset are more addictive, which is why smoking crack cocaine is more addictive than snorting powder cocaine. Then I discuss ADHD, which can be treated by boosting dopamine, which in turn drives motivation and focuses attention. Finally, I discuss some things which are not part of the definition of addiction: tolerance, withdrawal, and dependence.
PDF slides - Totally identical to the PowerPoint version.