Marijuana use decreases dopamine (Science News, Jul 22, 2014) | Is love addicting? (Psych Central, Jul 20, 2014) | Scientists stop worms from getting drunk (University of Texas, Jul 20, 2014) | About that brain decoder... (BBC, Jul 20, 2014) | Stress, Age, and Memory (IowaNow, Jun 23, 2014) | Stress and your brain (Science News, Jun 09, 2014) | Bilingualism Benefits Aging Brain (Sci-News, Jun 09, 2014) | Brain area imparts resilience (Washington Post, Jun 09, 2014) | Your brain in 2050 (Inc, Jun 04, 2014) | Are you getting enough sleep? (The Telegraph , May 17, 2014) | Why you don't remember being a baby (Science News, May 13, 2014) | Dogs get anxiety too (The Atlantic, May 09, 2014) | Potential drug for cocaine addiction (, May 02, 2014) | Green tea boosts your brain (Science Codex, Apr 14, 2014) | A man with amnesia (Muskogee Phoenix, Apr 14, 2014) | The Neuroscience of Art (ULoop, Apr 14, 2014) | Neuroscience of color (Fast Company, Mar 25, 2014) | Caffeine-like drugs (Bloomberg, Mar 25, 2014) | Tuning the brain (Nature, Mar 24, 2014) | 10 things wrong about anxiety (Huffington Post, Mar 17, 2014) | NIH rethinks psychiatry trials (Nature, Mar 17, 2014) | The neuroscience of leadership (CIO, Mar 10, 2014) | Why some people don’t like music (PolicyMIC, Mar 10, 2014) | Why remember dreams? (Medical Xpress, Feb 24, 2014) | How brains see music (The Atlantic, Feb 24, 2014) | Does Caffeine Boost Memory? (Science News, Jan 20, 2014) | Most Realistic Movie Psychopaths (Science News, Jan 20, 2014) | Your brain has two clocks (Huffington Post, Dec 02, 2013) | Alcohol without hangovers? (Daily Caller, Nov 17, 2013) | Orgasms for Dummies (Salon, Nov 17, 2013) | Best time to drink coffee (Life Hacker, Nov 13, 2013) | The Neuroscience of Facebook (Salon, Oct 15, 2013) | Pregnant smokers, effect brain (Live Science, Oct 08, 2013) | Porn on the brain (The Guardian, Oct 07, 2013) | How to be happier (Buffer, Oct 01, 2013)

ACNP Spotlight


53rd Annual Meeting: December 7-11, 2014

Registration for the 2014 meeting at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge, Phoenix, Arizona is now open.  The Program Committee will soon be requesting proposals for poster abstract submissions. Read more

Annual Meeting Preliminary Schedule
Annual Meeting FAQs

Why Brain Research is Vital - Patrick J. Kennedy and Husseini Manji

ACNP featured on Research! America Blog

ACNP President's Letter- Dr. Peter W. Kalivas, A Multi-Generational Mission.

2014 New Members and Fellows – Please help us congratulate the 26 new Associate Members, 42 new Members and 16 Members promoted to Fellow status during the 2013 Annual Meeting.

The Cure Alliance for Mental Illness petition to promote research for mental illness 

Neuropsychopharmacology Reviews - Biomolecular Discovery: Mechanisms, Therapeutics, and Biomarkers in Neural Disorders

2013 Annual Meeting E-Poster Gallery

NPP Podcast
Brain changes in young smokers
The value of alcohol

NIMH Directors Blog
NIDA Directors Blog

In 2012, NPP launched a new functionality making the unedited version of a peer-reviewed manuscript available upon acceptance; in advance of editing and final review.  Read more on the AAP FAQ webpage.

Neuro News Corner

Article- Legalization trend forces review of marijuana's dangers

Some people think marijuana is nature's gift to humankind: a nonaddictive drug, safe at any dose, that opens the mind, lifts the spirit and transports the user to a more profound reality.

"The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world," a user named Mr. X wrote in the 1971 book Marihuana Reconsidered.

Close to 30 years later, Mr. X was revealed to be the legendary science communicator and astronomer Carl Sagan. His message still reverberates with many Americans, whose support for legalizing marijuana has tripled since 1989 — from 16 percent to 54 percent today. In Colorado and Washington state, voters legalized recreational marijuana use in November 2012. That formal embrace of marijuana may signal a growing shift in acceptance. Today, 21 states and the District of Columbia sanction medical use (up from 16 in 2010) and 17 have curbed punishments for possession of small amounts of recreational cannabis. - Read More (Source - Science News, Images- Tang Yau Hoong)

Welcome to the ACNP website

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NPP Reviews

NPP ReviewPublished each January as a special collection of review articles, the 2013 issue of NPPR addresses Epigenetics, the modification of genetic expression without changing the underlying DNA, or how environment affects genetic potential. Epigenetics is highly involved in learning and memory, as well as maladaptations caused by stress or drug abuse.  Neuropsychopharmacology Reviews


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