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Stimulants Used for Cognitive Enhancement

Cognitive Enhancement

– Beginning with a definition of cognitive enhancement (using off-label drugs to improve normal brain abilities), this talk discusses amphetamines and executive function, revealing that the drugs don’t improve cognitive function in all circumstances.

Neuroethics behind amthetamines being used for enhancement is a major issue. Farah discusses research into how widespread it is (7% of US college students) and background into what, who, where and why it’s happening. Other drugs used for enhancement are also discussed.

Lots of facts and data in this interesting video.

Stimulants Used for Cognitive Enhancement

Sandra Kiume

Sandra Kiume is a mental health advocate from Vancouver, Canada, and the founder of @unsuicide. Along with maintaining Channel N, she contributes to World of Psychology.

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APA Reference
Kiume, S. (2012). Stimulants Used for Cognitive Enhancement. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 19, 2019, from


Last updated: 12 Aug 2012
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 12 Aug 2012
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