Psychopharmacology and Psychopathology
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-PSB3BC16E
Credits (ECTS)4
CategoryB3 (Third year bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Psychology;
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dr. M.L.A. Jongsma
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prof. dr. J.M. Oosterman
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Contactperson for the course
dr. H.E.M. den Ouden
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dr. H.E.M. den Ouden
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dr. H.E.M. den Ouden
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Academic year2023
PER3  (29/01/2024 to 05/04/2024)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksPositive BSA required
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
After the course, students will be able to
  1. Differentiate the neurobiological targets of psychotropic medications.
  2. Apply fundamental principles of neuropharmacology to the assessment of normal brain functioning and  disease states.
  3. Understand and explain the relation of psychotropic drug mechanisms of action with pathophysiological states of disease.
  4. Identify and evaluate novel research and treatment approaches that are expected to affect clinical practice.
Psychologists working in a clinical setting will undoubtedly encounter patients using psychotropic drugs. Psychologist in charge of scientific research might include central acting drugs as a manipulation or neurochemistry outcomes as variables in their studies. Therefore the course has two goals: First to give insight into the physiological importance of the targets of  psychotropic drugs for normal brain functioning and vice versa to give insight into the working mechanisms of drugs that can be used to alleviate psychopathological disturbances.

The course is structured as follows: first, the basic principles of pharmacology in general and psychopharmacology in particular will be explored. The second part of the course will couple the treatment with psychotropic drugs of the most occurring psychopathological disturbances to the  impact of endogenous neurotransmitter systems  on normal and pathological behavior. The focus of thhe course assignment will be on the effects of recreational drug use on the individual in terms of both subjective and biological effects, as well as the risks.

Some lectures will be given by expert guest lecturers, ensuring that, besides a general overview, the newest insights into this rapidly changing field will be discussed.

Presumed foreknowledge
This course requires at least a full year (60 ects) of prior study in the field of psychology, medicine or biology.
Test information
Open book exam, consisting of closed (primarily multiple choice) questions

Required materials
Stahl, S.M. (2021). Essential Psychopharmacology. Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications, Cambridge Univ. Press. The course is based on the 5th edition. The 4th edition can be used during the exam, but at the student's on responsibility.

Instructional modes
Type of instructional modeLecture

additional lessons can be scheduled.

Test weight80
Test typeDigital exam with CIRRUS
OpportunitiesBlock PER3, Block PER4

Open book exam

Test weight20
Test typeAssignment
OpportunitiesBlock PER3, Block PER4