About the book
Behavioral Pharmacology is a multidisciplinary science focused in the study of the neural mechanisms of drugs that influence behavior. Behavioral Pharmacology explores the relation between the function of neurotransmitters (e.g. serotonin, dopamine, noradrenaline, GABA, etc.), biochemical processes and the effects of drugs, hormones and active metabolites that impact on behavior, including pathological conditions as psychiatric disorders. It involves the study of neurobiological mechanisms through the behavioral analysis, alone or in combination with physiological correlates. Current research in this area contributes to the understanding on the neurobiology and pharmacology of emotional and affective disorders as anxiety and depression, obsessive disorders, psychotic disorders as schizophrenia, neurodegenerative disorders as Alzheimer and Parkinson, eating behavior and sleep behavior, addictions, among others. The scope of the present book is to gather an updated review of specialized literature about preclinical and clinical contributions to the understanding of neuropsychiatric disorders as anxiety, depression, circadian rhythms and sleep disturbances, ADHD, OCD, and schizophrenia, dementia and Parkinson, etc.; and the mechanism of action of psychopharmacological agents using behavioral analysis.