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Professor Andrew Scholey
Director, Centre for Human Psychopharmacology
Swinburne University, Melbourne, VIC 3122
Australia
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I am interested in the way in which substances - 'nutra' interventions (nutrition, nutrients, nutraceuticals), caffeine, drugs and alcohol change the human brain, physiology and behaviour.

I have led over 100 studies of into the human biobehavioural effects of natural products, and their neurocognition-enhancing and anti-stress/anxiolytic properties including numerous first-into-human neurocognitive clinical trials. I work closely with industry to translate research into evidence-based interventions for optimum brain health.


Broadly my research can be divided into the following themes:
'Nutra' interventions
for brain health
Alcohol and drugs
Alcohol Hangover
Physiological response to
mental effort
Glucose and oxygen effects on cognitive performance
This research examines the potential for nutritional interventions, including diet, isolated nutrients and botanical extracts to  improve mood and cognitive function. My research has shown that certain classes of bioactive nutrients appear to improve mood and cognition acutely. Others may protect against age-associated cognitive decline. This stream of research examines the acute and chronic effects of recreational drugs (including MDMA/Ecstasy and alcohol). My research suggests that alcohol intoxication "uncalibrates" people so error monitoring and feedback is impaired. Other recreational drugs also have long-term negative behavioural effects. This research examines the cognitive, mood and physiological effects of alcohol hangover - an area which is surprisingly under- researched. Our research in this area suggests that hangover is associated with negative mood and cognitive deficits which suggest reduced cognitive resources. These  results have profound effects for everyday behaviours such as driving. My research suggests that there is a correspondence between the subjective experience of cognitive 'strain' and the utilisation of central resources. At the same time, during mental effort a number of physiological responses serve to facilitate provision of energetic resources. Some cognition enhancing interventions have similar effects. The brain is highly metabolically active, utilising a large percentage of the body's glucose and oxygen. Its function is therefore highly sensitive to fluctuations in the levels of these substances. This research examined the cognitive enhancing effects of  of glucose and oxygen administration. The effects seem to be most evident under conditions of high mental effort.
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Professor Andrew Scholey
Director, Centre for Human Psychopharmacology
Swinburne University, Melbourne, VIC 3122
Australia
Email: andrew@scholeylab.com (or click icon bottom right)












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