Pick a psychoactive drug (drug that affects the brain), investigate this drug, and write a summary in which you discuss the drug you researched.

please read through the instruction and use apa citation!!!!!!

Pick a psychoactive drug (drug that affects the brain), investigate this drug, and write a summary in which you discuss the drug you researched. Your summary should discuss and cite the sources you found and provide answers to the questions posted below. Also discuss any other information you find interesting.

The drugs discussed in the book are the following:


Feel free to pick any of them, or another similar drug (e.g. meth, morphine), or any other psychoactive drug you are interested in researching. Address these questions in your summary:

1. Which category does this drug belong to (depressants, opiates, stimulants, etc.)?
2. What is known about the effects of this drug in the brain and in the rest of the body? Which neurotransmitter(s) is/are associated with this drug?
3. What are some typical psychological and behavioral effects of this drug?
4. If you find other interesting information about the drug, tell us about that.

Once you have a topic, do the following:

1. Write a summary of your topic (approximately one page is fine), addressing the questions in the assignment, and also discussing any additional information you found about the drug. Find at least TWO SOURCES. Our textbook is fine as one of the sources. You can also use academic peer-reviewed journal articles, books, newspaper articles, films, academic websites (WIKIPEDIA DOES NOT COUNT FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT). The most credible websites are based on research findings and often end in .edu or .org. The best method for you for finding peer-reviewed journal articles is to use the library search tools such as Academic Search Complete. If you search for a particular key term (e.g. marijuana), you will usually get a list of journal article abstracts, often with direct links to the actual articles. Peer-reviewed articles typically contain subsections such as an abstract, introduction, methods, results and discussion. Sometimes they are “review articles” that review many studies (rather than report the results of an original experiment) and may not include all of these subsections, but you can still recognize them in the library search since they are labeled as an “Academic journal” (rather than “Periodical” which are not peer-reviewed).

2. Post your written summary on Canvas as a discussion post in the REPLY box below (by Sun Feb 12th midnight). List your sources in APA style at the end of your summary. (10 points)

3. Read other students’ summaries, and reply to one of them (by Tues Feb 14th midnight). You can ask questions, comment on their information, tell about your knowledge related to their topic, etc. (5 points)

Your summary must be IN YOUR OWN WORDS. Every time you use the words and/or ideas of an outside source, you must appropriately cite that source in APA style IN THE TEXT. YOU MUST ALWAYS INDICATE IN THE TEXT WHERE YOU GOT THE INFORMATION EVEN IF YOU WRITE IT IN YOUR OWN WORDS. (PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE DIRECT QUOTATIONS IN YOUR SUMMARY EXCEPT IN UNUSUAL CIRCUMSTANCES; IT’S ALWAYS BETTER TO WRITE IN YOUR OWN WORDS). Please provide a list of the references at the end of the assignment in APA style (see the APA style guide link posted on the website. Choose the correct way to list the reference based on the source you are using, e.g. journal article).

When you cite a source in the text of your summary, use the name of the author(s) and publication year in parentheses. Here’s how:

Cocaine is a strong central nervous system stimulant (Smith, 2010). Alcohol, on the other hand, is a strong depressant (Zhang & Jones, 2001).


According to Smith (2010), cocaine is a strong central nervous system stimulant. In contrast, Zhang & Jones (2001) discuss the effects of a strong depressant, alcohol, on the central nervous system.

If there is no author (which may sometimes happen with websites), use the the first few words of the reference list entry (usually the title). Use double quotation marks. Examples:

For citations with no author:

A similar study was done of students learning to format research papers (“Using APA,” 2001).

No author & no date:

In another study of students and research decisions, it was discovered that students succeeded with tutoring (“Tutoring and APA,” n.d.).

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