Gain a better understanding of which chemicals influence brain function in this 5-week course
Pick Your Poison: Mind-Altering Drugs, Malicious Microbes, and MedicationsAmerican Museum of Natural History (200 Central Park West, New York, NY) Map it $295
The world is a pretty toxic place. We are surrounded by animals, plants, and chemicals that can poison us, though we usually take in our favorite toxins—coffee, chocolate, and ethanol—in non-lethal doses. What’s more, entire industries try to sell products that promise to improve or alter brain performance. But what happens to our brain chemistry when we use antidepressants, amphetamines, or caffeine? Why do we poison ourselves for pleasure, and why is it difficult to overcome substance addiction? Do animals take drugs? Participants in this exciting five-week course will gain a better understanding of which chemicals, and at what dosages, influence brain function and when we are most vulnerable to “poisoning” ourselves; unpack current scientific research around the topic; and receive resources that can inform decisions about long-term health.