The Discipline of Behavioral Pharmacology

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This article overviews behavioral pharmacology and introduces the articles that appear in this special issue, which is devoted to the discipline. By combining the methods and concepts characteristic of the experimental analysis of behavior with those characteristic of pharmacology, behavioral pharmacologists historically have made, and currently are making, major contributions to understanding the behavioral effects of drugs of abuse and other substances, the variables that modulate those effects, and the mechanisms through which they are produced. The articles that appear in this section discuss many of these contributions and offer novel and important suggestions for advancing the discipline.

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