2023-2024 / PHAR0001-1



30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in psychology (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Virginie Neirinckx, Vincent Seutin

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Table of contents I: Constitution of the Central Nervous System (CNS) II: Neuronal excitability and synaptic transmission - the different types of receptors III: Introduction to Pharmacodynamy IV: Introduction to Pharmacokinetics V: Brain monoaminergic (MA) and cholinergic systems VI: Drugs acting on MA and cholinergic systems (antiparkinsonian drugs, antipsychotics, antidepressants, psychostimulants, psychodysleptics, nicotine, medications for Alzheimer's disease) VII: Glutamate and "dissociative anaesthetics" VIII: GABA - anxiolytics/hypnotics - antiepileptics IX:Cannabinoid systems and cannabis X: Opioids XI: Ethanol

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The first objective is to give informations regarding the different neurotransmitter systems in the central nervous system (CNS). The final objective is to give a good understanding of the mechanisms of action of the main types of psychotropic drugs (medications as well as drugs of abuse). These mechanisms explain both the desired and undesired effects of these substances.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basic notions about the anatomy and physiology of the CNS

Planned learning activities and teaching methods


Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

15 lectures of 2h ppt available before each lesson

Recommended or required readings

Syllabus available at "Presses universitaires de Liège"

Oral evaluation

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Virginie Neirinckx
Département des sciences biomédicales et précliniques / Neuropharmacologie
Bât. B36 GIGA - Neurosciences
Quartier Hôpital
avenue Hippocrate 15
4000 Liège 1
Tél. ULiège : +32 4 3662526

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