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1. I dont know what the difference is between psychology and physiology?
2. identify abused substances and their various effects. Include the following: , Explain the psychology and physiology of addiction and identify specific drug substances covering the following categories: stimulants, depressants, narcotics, hallucinogens and cannabis.

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Thank you for posting this question to Brainmass. I am glad to help you look at this question and explain both psychology and physiology. While OTA's are not allowed to complete work for students, we are encouraged to help explain concepts and terms more in-depth as well as provide examples and suggestions as to directions to take your work. I will help you look at the terms in relation to the drug substances you have listed.

First, let's look at psychology and physiology.

Psychology is the study of the mind. The study of the mind is completed by looking at how the mind influences behavior and thought. While, the study of the mind is complex, the term physiology is the study of how the body influences the mind. Mostly, the difference is that in physiology, something (for example, in your post - that something is the drug substances) affects the mind and the way the mind processes thought. In the study of psychology, the mind processes on its own, while in contrast, in physiology, the body or reactions to something external affects the mind's ability to process.

So, when one says you have a "physiological" reaction, that means that an external stimulant has affected the way the mind thinks. Also, the body reacts as well as the mind does. Sometimes a person can get physically sick, ill, mentally ill, and even perhaps show signs of distress including hives, fever, and stomach ...

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The psychology and pysiology of addiction is discussed.