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The Behavioral Neuroscience of Drug Discrimination

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    Chapter 2 Cross-Species Translational Findings in the Discriminative Stimulus Effects of Ethanol
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    Chapter 3 Discriminative Stimulus Properties of S (−)-Nicotine: “A Drug for All Seasons”
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    Chapter 4 Translational Value of Drug Discrimination with Typical and Atypical Antipsychotic Drugs
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    Chapter 5 Discriminative Stimulus Effects of Psychostimulants
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    Chapter 8 Conditioned Taste Avoidance Drug Discrimination Procedure: Assessments and Applications
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    Chapter 9 Discriminative Stimulus Properties of Opioid Ligands: Progress and Future Directions
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    Chapter 10 Human Drug Discrimination: Elucidating the Neuropharmacology of Commonly Abused Illicit Drugs
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    Chapter 22 Discriminative Stimulus Effects of Abused Inhalants
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    Chapter 24 Discriminative Stimulus Properties of Phytocannabinoids, Endocannabinoids, and Synthetic Cannabinoids
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    Chapter 27 The Discriminative Stimulus Properties of Drugs Used to Treat Depression and Anxiety
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    Chapter 29 The Discriminative Stimulus Properties of Hallucinogenic and Dissociative Anesthetic Drugs
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    Chapter 36 Pharmacokinetic–Pharmacodynamic (PKPD) Analysis with Drug Discrimination
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    Chapter 40 Drug Discrimination: Historical Origins, Important Concepts, and Principles
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    Chapter 59 A Prospective Evaluation of Drug Discrimination in Pharmacology
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Chapter title
The Discriminative Stimulus Properties of Hallucinogenic and Dissociative Anesthetic Drugs
Chapter number 29
Book title
The Behavioral Neuroscience of Drug Discrimination
Published in
Current topics in behavioral neurosciences, September 2016
DOI 10.1007/7854_2016_29
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Book ISBNs
978-3-31-998559-6, 978-3-31-998561-9

Mori, Tomohisa, Suzuki, Tsutomu, Tomohisa Mori, Tsutomu Suzuki


The subjective effects of drugs are related to the kinds of feelings they produce, such as euphoria or dysphoria. One of the methods that can be used to study these effects is the drug discrimination procedure. Many researchers have been trying to elucidate the mechanisms that underlie the discriminative stimulus properties of abused drugs (e.g., alcohol, psychostimulants, and opioids). Over the past two decades, patterns of drug abuse have changed, so that club/recreational drugs such as phencyclidine (PCP), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), ketamine, and cannabinoid, which induce perceptual distortions, like hallucinations, are now more commonly abused, especially in younger generations. In particular, the abuse of designer drugs, which aim to mimic the subjective effects of psychostimulants (e.g., MDMA or amphetamines), has been problematic. However, the mechanisms of the discriminative stimulus effects of hallucinogenic and dissociative anesthetic drugs are not yet fully clear. This chapter focuses on recent findings regarding hallucinogenic and dissociative anesthetic drug-induced discriminative stimulus properties in animals.

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 3 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 3 15%
Student > Doctoral Student 2 10%
Other 2 10%
Student > Master 2 10%
Other 1 5%
Unknown 7 35%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 3 15%
Medicine and Dentistry 2 10%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 1 5%
Nursing and Health Professions 1 5%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 1 5%
Other 3 15%
Unknown 9 45%