Can drugs boost cognitive abilities?

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Can drugs boost cognitive abilities?
« on: 10/09/2012 11:45:40 »
Over the last 40 years, drugs have been developed that, as well as performing their original purpose of helping those with medical conditions, can improve the cognitive skills of the healthy population. This newfound ability to make normal people better has led to a growth in the area of neuroethics; scientists, philosophers and politicians are debating whether it is right to use these performance enhancers, as Ginny Smith explains...

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« Reply #1 on: 02/08/2016 10:34:30 »
So it's no surprise that as soon as medical science develops a treatment for a disease, we often ask if it couldn't perhaps make a healthy person even healthier, as shows. The same thing is happening with psychopharmaceuticals -- drugs that work on the mind. Ritalin, the first drug to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, has been widely used by normal students hoping to be extra sharp while taking SATs or cramming for college exams.