Effect of Recreational Drugs

  • To describe the effects of two recreational drugs on neurotransmission within the central nervous system (CNS): cocaine and heroin
  • To evaluate research into the effects of recreational drugs with reference to…
    • the use of animal and human experiments
    • practical applications to supporting people with addictions

Video recordings of your lessons:

Lesson resources: Jamboard with interactive activities to accompany the video lesson:

I have added some model answer to the exam questions at the end of the previous lesson, these can be found in the jamboard from the previous lesson, which I have relinked below:


This is the jamboard for the new material in this lesson 🙂 https://jamboard.google.com/d/1mV2ovsqw3s1i3Jk73razvKijYawNjK5oM8CUHd4alpM/copy

Further reading/viewing: Here is the Mouse Party Animation: https://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/addiction/mouse/

My article on “One flew over the cuckoo’s nest” is in this issue, flick though its quite near the back 😀 This is where I mention Ken Kesey’s LSD usage as part of the CIA’s infamous MK Ultra trial. You can read more about this in Jon Ronson book “The men who stare at goats”.

Great little video to refresh your understanding of neurotransmission
As promised, a video to explain a little bit more about the hallucinogenic drug LSD, which is now being researched for its possible medicinal qualities.

Assessment Quiz:  https://quizizz.com/join?gc=33861044

Enrichment: There are many good films that cover drug use but some of them are extremely harrowing and I would advise watching with caution. “Trainspotting” is a bit of classic re heroin use, you could read the book or watch the film.

ATP Today are always looking for contributions, if you are a budding popular science journalist, why not write us a book or film review and you might get to see your name in print! Choose a topic that can enrich your understanding but also your enjoyment of psychology!