The neuropsychopharmacology course will discuss drug actions on the nervous system. The particular focus of this course will be to provide a description of the cellular and molecular actions of drugs on synaptic transmission. This course will also refer to specific disorders of the nervous systems and their treatment in addition to giving an overview of the techniques used for the study of neuropharmacology. The course will focus on human diseases involving chronic pain, drugs of abuse, and neurodegeneration (such as Parkinson's and Multiple Sclerosis). The course comprises both lectures and small group discussion which will vary by instructor and are designed to foster class participation, reading of primary literature (as well as textbook reading), and critical evaluation of research data to develop knowledge in the discipline of neuropsychopharmacology. This course is dual listed with PMY 516.