Balancing the excitation in depression (Science News, Sep 29, 2014) | Neuroscience of Emoticons (Fast Co Design, Aug 11, 2014) | Doodling affects your brain (Wall Street Journal, Aug 04, 2014) | We use just 10% of our brains? (Quartz, Jul 28, 2014) | 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) | Brain area imparts resilience (Washington Post, Jun 09, 2014) | Bilingualism Benefits Aging Brain (Sci-News, 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) | The Neuroscience of Art (ULoop, Apr 14, 2014) | A man with amnesia (Muskogee Phoenix, Apr 14, 2014) | Caffeine-like drugs (Bloomberg, Mar 25, 2014) | Neuroscience of color (Fast Company, 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 continues for the 2014 meeting at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge, Phoenix, Arizona. As a reminder, registration fees increase by $50 on November 1st.  Read more

Annual Meeting Itinerary Planner 

Annual Meeting Preliminary Schedule
Annual Meeting FAQs

Annual Meeting Childcare: KiddieCorp will be providing childcare for children ages 6 months through 12 years old and will be located at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge.   

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- Addiction showcases the brain's flexibility

Every day sees a new research article on addiction, be it cocaine, heroin, food or porn. Each one takes a specific angle on how addiction works in the brain. Perhaps it's a disorder of reward, with drugs hijacking a natural system that is meant to respond to food, sex and friendship. Possibly addiction is a disorder of learning, where our brains learn bad habits and responses. Maybe we should think of addiction as a combination of an environmental stimulus and vulnerable genes.  Or perhaps it's an inappropriate response to stress, where bad days trigger a relapse to the cigarette, syringe or bottle.

None of these views are wrong. But none of them are complete, either. Addiction is a disorder of reward, a disorder of learning. It has genetic, epigenetic and environmental influences. It is all of that and more. Addiction is a display of the brain's astounding ability to change — a feature called plasticity  — and it showcases what we know and don't yet know about how brains adapt to all that we throw at them. - Read More (Source - Science News, Images- SPLINE_X/SHUTTERSTOCK)

Welcome to the ACNP website

Welcome to the website of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP), a non-profit, professional society dedicated to advancing the scientific understanding of and facilitating communication about disorders of the brain and behavior in order to advance their prevention and treatment.

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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