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The Centre for Human Psychopharmacology conducts world-leading research embracing:

  • Cognition and mood enhancement focusing on the effects of natural substances
  • Pharmacological and nutraceutical treatments for neurocognitive ageing
  • Immediate and long-term effects of illicit and prescription drugs on neurocognition and applied behaviours such as driving


With over 30 researchers, the Centre for Human Psychopharmacology is the largest group in the world researching the cognitive and mood effects of natural products, nutritional supplements and other nutritional interventions.

We have expertise in the following areas:

Professor Andrew Scholey talks about the Work of the CHP. Also available from Swinburne Research Profiles.

News and Events

  • Plant-based cognitive enhancers

    Listen to Professor Con Stough's Smart Drugs Smarts podcast on his research methods and insight into plant-based cognitive enhancers with chronic (ongoing) effects, like Gingko biloba and Bacopa monnieri.

  • Wild state secrets

    Dr Luke Downey's research into tracking animals' mood, motivation and health has been featured in the Ecological Society of America's journal, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

The Centre for Human Psychopharmacology is a proud partner of:

National Institute of Complementary Medicine