Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Behavioral Pharmacology - From Basic to Clinical Research

Juan Francisco Rodríguez-Landa

Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico


Jonathan Cueto-Escobedo

Universidad Veracruzana


Behavioral model in psychopharmacology CNS pharmacology Antidepressant drug Anxiolytic drug Functional food Hormones Psychoactive drug Phytopharmaceuticals Psychiatric disorder Behavioral methods for the study of drug action

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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. 

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Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: August 26th 2019

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Deadline for full chapters: November 15th 2019

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Review results due: February 3rd 2020

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Expected publication date: April 3rd 2020

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About the editor

Juan Francisco Rodríguez-Landa

Juan Francisco Rodríguez-Landa is graduated in Biology (Biomedical Sciences) and Neuroethology (Neuropsychopharmacology) by Universidad Veracruzana. He received his doctorate degree in Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience) from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He is currently a researcher at the Laboratory of Neuropharmacology at the Institute of Neuroethology, Universidad Veracruzana. He is a lecturer in Neuropsychopharmacology and belongs to the National System of Investigators (Level 2). His research interests include the effects of drugs, neurosteroids, and natural products on experimental anxiety, depression, surgical menopause, and neuronal activity in the brain. He has published more than 60 scientific papers, 2 books, 20 book chapters, and more of 100 research communications in specialized forums in México, the Caribbean, Central, and South America, Europe, and Asia. He is an expert journal peer reviewer and is a member of the International Society for Neuroethology, European Behavioral Pharmacology Society, and Mexican Society of Physiological Sciences, among others.

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