Centre for Human Psychopharmacology
We conduct world-leading research to explore the cognitive and mood effects of natural substances, pharmaceuticals, recreational drugs and dietary interventions across the lifespan, as well as running a global research program aimed at measuring and enhancing emotional intelligence in schools.
The Centre for Human Psychopharmacology conducts world-leading clinical trials exploring the cognitive and mood effects of nutrients, nutrition, supplements, and recreational and prescription drugs. We aim to understand the fundamental aspects of neurocognitive change and to use methods of applied human psychopharmacology to enhance human cognition, behaviour and emotion. We also educate the public on the efficacy and safety of natural medicine and recreational drugs on the brain and work closely with industry to allow rapid translation of research findings into evidence-based benefits for brain health.
Our key research areas:
- cognitive enhancement and neuroprotection
- risk factors for cognitive ageing
- nutrition and the brain
- drugs and driving
- alcohol and hangovers
- medicinal cannabis
- addiction medicine
- emotional intelligence
Discover more about our main research areas.
Our clinical trials
We run trials for some of the world’s leading nutraceutical and pharmaceutical companies.
View the contact details and research profiles for our team.
Study with us
Our team members teach into several units with a neuroscience/psychophysiology flavour. We offer supervision to research students at postgraduate (Honours, Master and PhD) levels in the fields of psychology, psychophysiology and health sciences.
If you’d like to be considered for supervision, check whether your interests align with our research areas and the research interests of possible supervisors:
You can either contact the supervisor directly or contact firstname.lastname@example.org with an expression of interest that includes your CV, the area of research you are interested in and who your preferred supervisor would be.
If you’re not a current Swinburne student but would also like to be considered for research opportunities, you can still contact us following the instructions above.
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Read articles, papers, book chapters, reports and more, written by our researchers.
New research shows how hangovers reduce brain functionHangovers reduce brain function and memory, according to new Swinburne research.Thursday 01 August 2019
Mediterranean diet and exercise research secures $1.77 million fundingClinical trial exploring effects of a Mediterranean diet and regular exercise on cognitive decline awarded $1.77 million.Thursday 18 July 2019
Better physical fitness and lower aortic stiffness key to slower brain ageingAge-related memory decline may be related to physical fitness and stiffness of the central arteries.Tuesday 12 June 2018
Research reveals autism and schizophrenia share common traitsNew research has revealed a significant overlap in the traits associated with autism and schizophrenia.Tuesday 24 April 2018
Eye tracking might help reduce driver drowsinessNew ways of detecting driver fatigue may be the answer to better road safety.Tuesday 06 February 2018
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How you can reach us
PO Box 218
Hawthorn, Victoria, 3122
Advanced Technologies Centre (ATC)
Level 3, 427-451 Burwood Rd,
Hawthorn, Victoria 3122 Australia
Contact the Centre for Human Psychopharmacology
There are many ways to engage with us. If your organisation is dealing with a complex problem, get in touch to discuss how we can work together to provide solutions. Call us on +61 3 9214 4444 or email email@example.com.