Several news article focus on 'mind doping' or maybe we should call them "Cognition Enhancing Drugs (CEDs)'.
Today there are several drugs on the market that improve memory, concentration, planning and reduce impulsive behaviour and risky decision-making, and many more are being developed. Doctors already prescribe these drugs to treat cognitive disabilities and improve quality of life for patients with neuropsychiatric disorders and brain injury. The prescription use of such drugs is being extended to other conditions, including shift-workers. Meanwhile, off-label and non-prescription use by the general public is becoming increasingly commonplace.
Although the appeal of pharmaceutical cognitive enhancers — to help one study longer, work more effectively or better manage everyday stresses — is understandable, potential users, both healthy and diseased, must consider the pros and cons of their choices. To enable this, scientists, doctors and policy-makers should provide easy access to information about the advantages and dangers of using cognitive-enhancing drugs and set out clear guidelines for their future use. To trigger broader discussion of these issues we offer the following questions, to which readers can respond in an online forum. Now, on to the questions.
Mind Hacks describes things this way:
These are the same drugs that have caused concern about their level of use among students, chiefly modafinil (Provigil) and methylphenidate (Ritalin), although other drugs such as Alzheimer's medication donepezil (Aricept), non-amphetamine ADHD drug atomoxetine (Strattera) are also candidates.
Many of the ethical concerns centre around a potential future where brain enhancing interventions are largely available to the wealthy, leading to a 'brain gap' where the less well off will have relatively poorer mental functioning because they can't access the same cognitive benefits.
Not to mention cheating. As with HGH, only the relatively wealthy can benefit from this sophisticated cheating.
So there is something to 'think' about this year at holiday time.
Here's wishing everyone very happy and much enhanced holidays.