This Is Your Brain on Drugs

BIOL 110

Have you ever wondered what caffeine does to keep you alert? If vaping is less harmful than smoking? Why so many young adults are dying of heroin overdoses? How recreational cannabis use impacts learning? 

These are fundamentally interesting questions! In this course, we'll explore these and other topics related to neuropharmacology, the study of how drugs affect cellular functions in the nervous system and the neural mechanisms through which they influence behavior.

Course Curriculum and Features

The course will cover different aspects of stimulants, depressants and psychedelic drugs. We’ll examine legal and therapeutic drugs as well as recreational and illicit drugs, and drugs that fall into both categories (such as cannabis). You’ll study behavior, brain anatomy, addiction and molecular levels of drug effect. We’ll also consider how a person’s physiology as well as their expectations can influence response to a given drug.

Designed For

Those pursuing studies in a wide range of biological, medical and social science disciplines.


Linda Martin-Morris
Principal Lecturer, Department of Biology

Dates & Times

Aug 21–Sep 14, 2018

UW Seattle
9:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m.