© 2015

The Neuropharmacology of Nicotine Dependence

  • David J.K. Balfour
  • Marcus R. Munafò

Part of the Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences book series (CTBN, volume 24)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Kelly P. Cosgrove, Irina Esterlis, Christine Sandiego, Ryan Petrulli, Evan D. Morris
    Pages 1-17
  3. Laura E. Rupprecht, Tracy T. Smith, Rachel L. Schassburger, Deanne M. Buffalari, Alan F. Sved, Eric C. Donny
    Pages 19-53
  4. Ian McLaughlin, John A. Dani, Mariella De Biasi
    Pages 99-123
  5. Bernard Le Foll, Enoch Ng, Patricia Di Ciano, José M. Trigo
    Pages 155-170
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 171-172

About this book


The primary purpose of this book and its companion volume The Behavioral Genetics of Nicotine and Tobacco is to explore the ways in which recent studies on nicotine and its role in tobacco addiction have opened our eyes to the psychopharmacological properties of this unique and fascinating drug. While The Behavioral Genetics of Nicotine and Tobacco considers the molecular and genetic factors which influence behavioral responses to nicotine and how these may impact on the role of nicotine in tobacco dependence, the present book focuses on the complex neural and psychological mechanisms that mediate nicotine dependence in experimental animal models and their relationship to tobacco addiction in humans. 

These volumes will provide readers a contemporary overview of current research on nicotine psychopharmacology and its role in tobacco dependence from leaders in this field of researchand will hopefully prove valuable to those who are developing their own research programmes in this important topic.


Cognitive behavior Nicotine dependence Nicotinic receptors Smoking Tobacco abuse Tobacco dependence

Editors and affiliations

  • David J.K. Balfour
    • 1
  • Marcus R. Munafò
    • 2
  1. 1.Ninewells HospitalUniversity of Dundee Medical SchoolDundeeUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.School of Experimental PsychologyUniversity of BristolBristolUnited Kingdom

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“This book is designed for both researchers and clinicians who are interested in gaining a more thorough understanding of the neurobiology of nicotine … . The book is written by leaders in this field and will prove valuable for those who are developing their own research programs and those who want to obtain a greater understanding of the problematic and therapeutic workings of this molecule in the human brain.” (Michael Easton, Doody's Book Reviews, July, 2015)