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Drugs, Society and Behavior
SOCI 270 - SUNY Morrisville College
Professor Kurt Reymers

Online Activity 5:

Attribution assignment
Describe in your own words the actions of two drugs that you or your friend/family member, John or Jane Doe, have personally experienced. Choose two drugs and for each describe the commo
n name, scientific name (if known), category, dosage (note the dose/response curve) and method of administration to the body. Describe acute and (possible) chronic behavioral and physiological effects, including actions/blocking of neurotransmitters, if known (see text Chps 4 and 5). If relevant, describe any related tolerances or withdrawal symptoms related to the drugs.

Please do NOT send as an attachment.
your completed assignment to: reymers@morrisville.edu,

Due on or before 5pm on Friday, February 28

Online Activity 4:

Worksheet assignment
First, read Chapter 4 of the textbook and the following information from this National Institute of Health webpage:

1) Neurons, Brain Chemistry, and Neurotransmission
2) Drugs Change the Way Neurons Communicate

Next, print and complete the diagrams and charts on the worksheets found here:

Neuron Worksheet 1 Neuron Worksheet 2
Label ALL visible parts on the diagram
PRINT THIS PAGE - Complete worksheet questions based on the diagrams provided

Turn in your completed assignment on Thursday, Feb 20 IN CLASS.

Online Activity 3:

Chronology assignment
Based on Chapter 3 of the textbook, develop a chronology of the legislation of drugs that has been passed since 1900. (A chronology is a timeline of common events, typically with a description of the event;
in this case, drug legislation events). Focus on the drug laws that you believe to have had the greatest impact. Be sure to not only name the laws, but briefly describe their intent and what impact they have had on the society. Feel free to use non-traditional media (e.g. Prezi, PowerPoint, MovieMaker, etc.) to develop your chronology.

E-mail your completed assignment to: reymers@morrisville.edu, with the SUBJECT line to read: DRUGS3

Due on Friday February 14 at 5pm

Online Activity 2:

Reading comprehension assignment
Based on the Authors Note
, Prologue and Chapters 1 and 2 of of "High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey...", answer the following questions:

1. Author's Note: For what purpose does the author, Dr. Carl Hart, Jr., claim that he writes this book?

2. Prologue: Why does Hart study crack-cocaine users in a laboratory?

3. Chapter 1: According to Hart, what percentage of drug users get "addicted" to the drugs they are on? How does this statistic conflict with most people's ideas of drug dependence?

4. Chapter 1: What are the two types of evidence Hart differentiates in Chapter 1? What is the problem with the second type of evidence he discusses? Which type of evidence is the media more likely to bring to the attention of the public?

5. Chapter 2: Use examples (either from the book or, preferably, from your own life) to help define the terms "reinforcement", "extinction", and "punishment" with respect to behavioral psychology.

E-mail your completed assignment to: reymers@morrisville.edu, with the SUBJECT line to read: DRUGS2

(Note: for regular correspondence, do not use the above link to email me; or if you do, be sure to remove the automatic subject line heading)

Due on or before 5pm on Friday, February 7

Online Activity 1:

Autobiography Assignment:

Write a brief autobiography of your life in relation to your experiences with drugs. Certainly, this needn't necessarily mean illicit drugs; we all have probably been to the doctor for a prescription, had a cup of coffee or a Coke(TM), or been given a drug by a parent to change performance or attitude. Focus, if you can, on "psychoactive" drugs, drugs that effect your mental state or mood. Examples might involve familiar legal drugs like alcohol, nicotine, or caffeine, or they might range into the restricted and controlled drugs like marijuana, opioids, uppers/downers, or hallucinogens.* Think of this as a "get to know you" exercise (for yourself). You don't need to be too revealing, and remember you may always use the "I have a friend/family member who..." escape hatch if you want to talk about illicit things without incrimination of yourself or if have little to no experience with drugs yourself, but know someone who has.

Due on or before 5pm on Friday, January 31

E-mail your completed assignment to: reymers@morrisville.edu, with the SUBJECT line to read: DRUGS1
DO NOT send as an attachment.

(Note: for regular correspondence, do not use the above link to email me; or if you do, be sure to remove the automatic subject line heading)


*All assignments will be treated confidentially by the Professor, except in the case of revelations of current or recent incidents or threats of self-harm or harm to others associated with your descriptions of a drug experience, in which case I am a mandated reporter to the Dean of Liberal Arts and possibly to the Dean of Students.


Note: I will give you 3 chances to get the subject heading correct and to not include attachments in your online media emails to me.

For example, when you sent the first online media assignment, you should have used a subject heading in the email of "DRUGS#", where "#" means the number of the specific assignment of the week. If you wrote something else (like, for instance, "Online Media Questions 1" or "dshb 4 hw"), or if you have included your assignment as an attachment, you have not paid attention to the details of the assignment instructions (details which make it crucially easier for me to organize your responses and read what you have written).

You can do this three times without penalty, but a fourth instance of not paying attention to the details will result in a 1-point reduction from your Online Media grade. For the vast majority of you who are doing it right, thank you for paying attention to the details!

- Regards, Prof Reymers

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