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Darlene A. Mitrano
Assistant Professor
Molecular Biology
Christopher Newport University
Mini Cases in Psychoactive Drugs and Their Effects on the Brain 

Designed for an upper-level psychology class titled Brain & Behavior, this series of mini-cases can be used in any undergraduate course that covers the major classes of commonly abused legal and illicit psychoactive drugs from a biological standpoint, i.e., understanding how these drugs affect the brain. Each case presents a scenario that college-level students can relate to about an individual using each of the major drug classes (stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens, etc.).  Students are then asked to determine what drug each of the cases is referring to, the subjective effects of the drug that have been reported, and what the biological mechanisms of the drug are, which they present to the class.