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Brain Function and Psychotropic Drugs$
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Heather Ashton

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780192622426

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192622426.001.0001

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Brain Function and Psychotropic Drugs

Heather Ashton

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents basic information related to functional systems of the brain. It describes the patterns of neural activity and the multiple neurotransmitter system. Disorders of the functional system and the effect of psychotropic drugs on the functional system are also discussed. Of great importance in the operation of the functional systems which determine behaviour is the fact that receptors for transmitters are diverse. There are several subtypes of receptor for each neurotransmitter, and the different subtypes mediate different effects.

Keywords:   receptors, neural activity, neurotransmitter system, psychotropic drugs, functional system

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