- Familiarize medical psychology students with pharmacology and psychopharmacology.
- Acquire insight in the effects of psychopharmacological substances in the central nervous system, and their effect on behavior.
- Ultimate goal of this knowledge is on one hand to enhance communication on this topic with physicians, psychiatrists, scientists, and patients.
- On the other hand to develop critical scientific thinking towards scientific literature in this area, medication use, side effects and treatment.
- The student can describe and explain neurobiological, physiological and psychological processes which form the basis for (psycho)pharmacological functioning (e.g. antidepressants, antipsychotics, sleep medication).
- The student can describe neurobiological and physiological aspects of psychological or psychiatric conditions (e.g. depression, anxiety, ADHD) in the realm of (psycho)pharmacology.
- The student can describe and explain how (psycho)pharmacological substances can affect psychological or neurobiological symptoms and conditions and their side effects.
- The student can create an online WIKI based upon current (scientific) knowledge, treatment options (e.g. Farmacotherapeutisch Kompas) which provide insight in the association between a somatic condition and psychological functioning, with a focus for relevant medication use.
- The student is able to create an online WIKI with a group, give peer-review feedback on other WIKI(s) and process peer-review feedback.
This course is a regular part of the master Medical Psychology.
Preliminary outline [subject to change]:
HC1: Introduction pharmacodynamics
HC4: Anxiety and anxiolytics
HC5: Schizophrenia and antipsychotics
HC6: Practice based psychopharmacology
HC8: Sleep and sleep medication
HC9: Dementia, geriatry and polypharmacy
HC10: Addiction and drugs
HC12: Sex/gender and (psycho)pharmaca
HC13: WIKI lecture / reponse lecture
Students of the master Medical Psychology have created WIKI pages for the psychopharmacology course. Their goal was to create a site which combines information on somatic conditions and psychological complaints, with potential medication interaction.
The grade of the examination consists of the WIKI grade (30%) and written examination (70%).
Course 400147: Biological Psychology, or comparable course.
A total of 13 lectures. Starting with basic psychopharmacological knowledge: pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, and continuing with the major classes of psychopharmaca.
Psychological complaints are often present as a comorbid condition in somatic diseases. In the present course we focus on the basic effect of pharmacotherapy and use of psychopharmaca for conditions as diverse as depression, anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, schizophrenic disorders, dementia, pain, substance abuse, and specific focus on sex/gender differences and placebo.
Course participants will start and complete an online WIKI, and give feedback on the WIKI's of other groups, based on a theme relevant to the field of Medical Psychology.
Type of instructions
Lectures, and WIKI assignment in a group
Type of exams
Group assignment (WIKI, 30% grade) and written exam (70% grade)
- Stephen M Stahl, Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications, Cambridge University Press, 2013 (4th Edition), ISBN 978-1107686465. (4th Edition)
- Additional literature will be made available via Blackboard, or can be obtained as lecture notes.