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Antidepressants & the Placebo Controversies.

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Take a look at this lecture by Karen L. Swartz, M.D. that was delivered during the John Hopkins 25th Annual Mood Disorders Research/Education Symposium entitled: Antidepressants & the Placebo Controversies.

Use the APUS Online Library to look up information on a particular drug used to treat a neurological or psychiatric disorder. If you are unable to find material in the Library on the particular drug you select, you may use other credible online sources. Any additional sources used must be websites with scientifically grounded information. Avoid .org sites which are frequently established by persons suffering from the same disorder and/or their family members and can be important sources of support for those persons, but which may also contain unsubstantiated and personal perspective based information.

Also avoid using pharmaceutical sites as your only source of information; while they may look scientific, they also are maintained by companies in the business of manufacturing and selling medications. WebMD is an example of a web source which contains scientifically grounded information about treatments for various disorders including neurological and psychiatric ones. The sources you use must be no more than 5 years old.

Report what you find for each of the categories below:
The class of the drug
The mechanism of action
Receptor sites the drug targets
The drug’s main affect
Unexpected effects and side effects and drug interactions
Non-FDA uses of the drug

Discuss with your classmates what was surprising to you as a psychology student and a consumer. What aspects of these drugs were comforting to you? What aspects did you find concerning? Why?
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Prepare for this week’s discussion by viewing the Ted Talk video on Facial Recognition
Then, review the information on vision in Biopsychology Chapter 3 in your Week 3 resources, particularly the information on disorders of visual perception. Select one of the five disorders (simultanagnosia, prosopagnosia, ocular apraxia, optic ataxia, or Balint’s syndrome) and research its clinical etiology, symptoms, and treatments. Think about its symptoms and problems commonly experienced by people diagnosed with it and its impact on important areas of life functioning, including work, relationships, and leisure time.

Locate an APUS Online Library research article or other scientifically grounded information about this disorder and report the etiology, symptoms, treatments, and areas of the brain responsible for it and specific behaviors it affects. What would you expect to be the must challenging aspects of the disorder for you if you had it?
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Several of the most fascinating biopsychology research questions about memory have to do with the connection between human consciousness and the location in the brain and function of memory processes. What makes memories feel so real is that the neurobiological process of recollecting an experience is in some ways identical to the process of experiencing it in the first place.

After viewing the two videos below, imagine what it would be like if your memory only had a 30 second maximum capacity; that is, if in a half-minute or less you forgot everything you just experienced, including information received from your environment and its accompanying feelings? What do imagine your greatest challenges in everyday living would be? What about positives? If you had to come up with some what would they be?
Learning & Memory
Clive Wearing – The Man with No Short-term Memory.

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