Pharmacology and Learning

Authored by: Roberta Stasyk

The Routledge International Handbook of Learning

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  May  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415571302
eBook ISBN: 9780203357385
Adobe ISBN: 9781136598562


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This chapter will discuss the impact of pharmacology on learning. That is, how pharmacological agents – drugs – may positively impact learning. It will not venture (much) into the neuroscience of learning, as that is more expertly discussed elsewhere in this book. I will situate the discussion of pharmacologic action on learning within the model of learning proposed by Peter Jarvis in numerous texts, including Adult and Continuing Education: Theory and Practice (2004), Adult Education and Lifelong Learning: Theory and Practice (2010), and this Handbook. My goal is that this unique approach to the discussion of the pharmacologic action on learning will add a different perspective to the body of knowledge in the current literature.

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