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  Psychopharmacology, as its name suggests, is the study of drugs which modify behaviour. It is a modern science despite historical knowledge of mind-altering drugs. Great advances in the care of the mentally ill have been made possible by the development of drugs such as antidepressants and tranquillizers, though they are often used inappropriately to alleviate symptoms in cases where the cause could be treated without resort to drugs. It is certain that modern drugs are an improvement over sedatives and their use is often highly successful in conjunction with psychotherapy. Research into the mode of action of psychopharmacological substances has been hampered by a limited understanding of the relationship between the biochemistry of nerves and their function. This is largely due to the complexity of the brain and the limited uses of animal models in psychological studies. RB

See also ethology; pharmacology; toxicology.



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