Association for Behavior Analysis International

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31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Invited Tutorial #284
CE Offered: None
2005 ABA Tutorial: Pharmacology for Behavioral Scientists
Sunday, May 29, 2005
1:30 PM–2:20 PM
International North (2nd floor)
Area: BPH; Domain: Basic Research
None CE Offered. CE Instructor: Amy Odum, M.Ed.
Chair: Amy Odum (Utah State University)
Presenting Authors: : GAIL WINGER (University of Michigan)

This tutorial will discuss some of the principles of pharmacology that are most relevant to behavioral scientists. Using specific examples from published experiments, the following questions may be posed: Are dose-response curves really important? How do you know that drug is really a selective serotonin, dopamine, opioid, GABA, or (fill in the blank) receptor agonist (or antagonist) and does it matter? What is receptor theory and how does it explain the actions of agonists, antagonists, partial agonists, and inverse agonists? How do these various drug actions impact different behavioral assays and vice versa? What has the experimental analysis of behavior contributed to the experimental analysis of drug action? What do behavioral pharmacologists know about the stimulus properties of drugs and are these different from non-drug stimuli?

GAIL WINGER (University of Michigan)
Dr. Winger obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in physiological psychology and M.S. in pharmacology from the University of Michigan. She is currently a Research Professor in the pharmacology department at the University of Michigan. The focus of her research, from her Ph.D. thesis onward, has been on the reinforcing properties of drugs and the contribution of this property to the general problem of drug abuse. Her earliest research in this area contributed some of the initial information on intravenous ethanol as a reinforcer in rhesus monkeys. Her current interest is in developing procedures for measuring the relative reinforcing effects of drugs of abuse, and she is willing to consider behavioral economic or behavioral analysis approaches or a combination of these to obtain this measure efficiently. Along with her husband, Dr. James H. Woods, and the late Fred Hofmann, Dr. Winger wrote the third and fourth edition of A Handbook on Drug and Alcohol Abuse: The Biomedical Aspects (Oxford University Press, 1992 and 2004). She is currently working with Dr. Woods on a textbook with a working title of Principles and Practice of Behavioral Pharmacology. She appreciates the opportunity to test some aspects of this book on the ABA audience.



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