© 2011

Biological Basis of Sex Differences in Psychopharmacology

  • Jo C. Neill
  • Jayashri Kulkarni

Part of the Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences book series (CTBN, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Berend Olivier, Johnny S. W. Chan, Eelke M. Snoeren, Jocelien D. A. Olivier, Jan G. Veening, Christiaan H. Vinkers et al.
    Pages 15-36
  3. Christina Dalla, Pothitos M. Pitychoutis, Nikolaos Kokras, Zeta Papadopoulou-Daifoti
    Pages 97-118
  4. Anita Riecher-Rössler, Jayashri Kulkarni
    Pages 155-171
  5. Nicole J. Rinehart, Kim M. Cornish, Bruce J. Tonge
    Pages 209-229
  6. John J. Sramek, Neal R. Cutler
    Pages 231-249
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 251-254

About this book


Sex matters!  Are there differences between the sexes when it comes to brain function and the behaviours that result? This volume attempts to answer this fundamental question. If the answer is ‘yes’ then this should impact upon our approach to treating mental illness in humans, and to modelling it in animals, as we look for aetiological and pharmacological solutions.

This volume covers two main aspects of research into sex differences in psychopharmacology: preclinical research, and clinical work in this area. The first part of the volume deals with the preclinical research, and explains how male and female animals differ in their sexual behaviour, drug dependence, cognition, genetics and stress reactivity, with an introductory chapter explaining basic mechanisms of sex steroid action in the body and brain. The second part focuses on the importance of improved understanding of sex differences in our approach to the treatment of psychiatric illness. This includes illnesses such as autism, anorexia, depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.

This volume will be of considerable interest to mental health professionals, including psychiatrists , nurses , allied health clinicians and pharmacists. It will also be helpful and important for preclinical researchers working in neuroscience, psychopharmacology and reproductive endocrinology.      


behaviour brain function psychopharmacology sex differences

Editors and affiliations

  • Jo C. Neill
    • 1
  • Jayashri Kulkarni
    • 2
  1. 1.Bradford School of PharmacyUniversity BradfordBradford, W.YorkshireUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research CentreMelbourneAustralia

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