© 1971

Stimulus Properties of Drugs

  • Travis Thompson
  • Roy Pickens

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Travis Thompson, Roy Pickens
      Pages 3-11
  3. Unconditioned Stimulus Functions of Drugs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Roy Pickens, John A. Dougherty
      Pages 39-50
    3. Howard F. Hunt, Milton A. Trapold
      Pages 73-83
  4. Discriminative Stimulus Functions of Drugs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Donald A. Overton
      Pages 87-110
    3. A. Charles Catania, J. Bruce Overmier
      Pages 149-160
  5. Reinforcing Stimulus Functions of Drugs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. James H. Woods, Charles R. Schuster
      Pages 163-175
    3. Roy Pickens, Travis Thompson
      Pages 177-192
    4. Travis Thompson, George Bigelow, Roy Pickens
      Pages 193-207
    5. Peter B. Dews, Kenneth MacCorquodale
      Pages 209-217
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 219-221

About this book


Behavioral pharmacology represents a relatively recent scientific enterprise, the development of which can be followed by plotting the publication of major conceptual papers, review articles, and books. Dews (1955), Sidman (1955), and Brady (1956) published some of the first methodologically significant papers, changing the way both psychologists and pharmacologists viewed the analysis of the behavioral actions of drugs. Dews and Morse (1961), Cook and Kelleher (1963), Gollub and Brady (1965), and Weiss and Laties (1969) kept the field abreast of major developments in the study of behavioral mechanisms of drug action. In 1968, the first textbook in the field was published (Thompson and Schuster), followed by a book of readings covering the preceding 15 years of the field (Thompson, Pickens, and Meisch, 1970). The first attempt to outline a set of generalizations concerning behavioral mechanisms of drug actions was puhlished in 1968 by Kelleher and Morse. As behavioral pharmacology developed, it became clear that demonstrations that drugs affect hehavior were relatively uninteresting. It was the mechanisms by which these effects are hrought about that was of concern. While other aspects of pharmacology have been concerned with biochemical, physiological, and in some cases biophysical accounts of drug actions, behavioral pharmacology has dealt with behavioral mechanisms . . . that is, "any verifiable description of a drug's effects which can he shown to uniquely covary with a specific measured 'response'. Generally, this relation can be subsumed under some more general set of relations or principles" (Thompson, Pickens, and Meisch, 1970, p. I).


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Editors and affiliations

  • Travis Thompson
    • 1
  • Roy Pickens
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Psychiatry and PharmacologyUniveristy of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Stimulus Properties of Drugs
  • Authors Travis. Thompson
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1971
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-50067-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4757-0790-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4757-0788-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 222
  • Number of Illustrations 12 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Pharmacology/Toxicology
    Life Sciences, general
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