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Encyclopedia of Psychopharmacology

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Welcome to the homepage of Encyclopedia of Psychopharmacology, a comprehensive reference work from Springer.

Entries consist of in-depth essays on topics of major importance and short definitions that explain key terms as well as additional concepts and methods. The topics embrace accounts of the effects of psychoactive drugs and the latest information about how they work in the brain to change physiological and psychological functions. There are accounts of the role of drugs in treating psychiatric disorders and of their effects on normal and disrupted functions of the central nervous system. The style is interdisciplinary, covering the many relevant aspects of clinical and behavioural neuroscience, spanning information on drug effects from the molecular to the psychosocial level, and taking account of the complex interactions between drug actions, environment and genetics. The main methods used to analyse drug effects in intact human and animal subjects and in biological test systems that use, for example, isolated cells and sub-cellular fragments, are explained. The value and the limitations of information obtained with each technique are outlined so that its place in the broader population of investigative methods becomes clear.

Entries are presented in a simple A-Z format that provides easy access to relevant information. Extensive cross-references between related entries enable efficient searching in a user-friendly manner and time-efficient manner.

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Ian P. Stolerman, Lawrence H. Price

(Editors in Chief)

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