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1st Edition

Psychobiological Issues in Substance Use and Misuse

Edited By

Philip N. Murphy

ISBN 9780367273613
Published December 30, 2020 by Routledge
316 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In this book, Murphy brings together a team of international experts to review cutting-edge scientific literature from the field of psychobiology and related disciplines which addresses important questions and broadens our understanding of substance use behaviours.

The reader is introduced to the multi-faceted nature of substance use and misuse, and its growing need to be discussed across diverse disciplines and perspectives. The book also addresses important questions regarding public policy and professional practice in the context of different social and cultural environments, and comments on the methodological and ethical issues in substance use and misuse. Chapters explore a spectrum of substances, which include: cocaine, alcohol, ecstasy (MDMA), methamphetamine, synthetic cannabinoids, tobacco, ketamine, novel psychoactive substances, and vaping products. The use of these substances poses important questions for science and for society. This book is written to help academics, practitioners, and students in a variety of academic and professional disciplines answer those questions while staying up to date with the psychobiological literature.

This is a vital resource for professionals and upper-level undergraduate and postgraduate students undertaking research in areas related to biological psychology, biology, health studies, and medicine.

Table of Contents


List of contributors

  1. The Psychobiology of Substance Use Behaviours and its Relationship to Personal and Social Psychological Interpretations of these Behaviours
  2. Philip N. Murphy, Serge Combaluzier, Derek Heim and Rebecca Monk

  3. Psychobiological Aspects of Cocaine Dependence: Implications for Prevention, Treatment, and the Consequences of Use
  4. Mieke H. J. Schulte, Wim, van den Brink, and Reinout W. Wiers

  5. The Neurobiological Implications of Early Onset Excessive Alcohol Use: Potential Consequences for Psychological Functioning
  6. Sarah Benson

  7. Zebrafish Models of Drug Addiction
  8. Susan Schenk, Gabriel D. Bosse and Randall T. Peterson

  9. The Neurobiological Mechanisms Underpinning MDMA and Impaired Psychological Functioning: A Review of Studies with Human Participants
  10. Catharine Montgomery and Carl Alexander Roberts

  11. Methamphetamine Use Disorder: Structural and Functional Implications as Shown by Brain Imaging Studies
  12. Samantha Brooks, Kate Cockcroft and Helgi B. Schiöth

  13. Synthetic Cannabinoids (SCs): Current Knowledge, Psychobiology and Clinical Applications
  14. Koby Cohen and Aviv M. Weinstein

  15. Feelings of Well-being: The Contributions of Alcohol and Tobacco in Employed Workers and Students
  16. Andrew P. Smith

  17. The Psychobiological Implications of Ketamine Misuse
  18. Amie Hayley

  19. Is there Evidence of a Genetic Basis for Substance Use Disorders?
  20. Susan Schenk

  21. Psychobiological; Medical; and Psychiatric Implications of New/Novel Psychoactive Substance (NPS) Use
  22. Fabrizio Schifano, Stefania Chiappini, Valeria Catalani, Flavia Napoletano, Davide Arillotta, Caroline Zangani, Amira Guirguis, Alessandro Emiliano Vento, Stefania Bonaccorso and John Martin Corkery

  23. ‘Ecstasy’ (MDMA) and Visusospatial Processing: A follow-up Systematic Review
  24. Philip N. Murphy, Ida Ryland, Felicity Wolohan & Janice Bartholomew

  25. The Psychobiology of Nicotine Vaping: Impact on Addiction, Cognition, Mood, Anxiety and Appetite

          Harry Tattan-Birch and Lion Shahab


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Philip N. Murphy, PhD is Professor of Psychology at Edge Hill University in Lancashire, UK. He has worked professionally in addiction and substance use since 1984 and has done extensive research in the areas of opiate dependence, and the impairment of cognitive functioning related to the use of ecstasy (MDMA) and cannabis. He is also the editor of the Routledge International Handbook of Psychobiology, published in 2018.