“…A 31-year-old entrepreneur, Gutiérrez has thrown himself into the emerging movement of body hacking — or, more precisely, brain hacking. He’s a connoisseur of “nootropics,” a broad category that includes pharmaceutical drugs, dietary supplements, and do-it-yourself concoctions, all of them meant to turn the brain up a notch. [Read more…] about Time to update the regulatory framework for cognitive enhancement–especially nootropics?
Can You Get Smarter? (The New York Times):
“A few years back, a joint study by BBC and Cambridge University neuroscientists put brain training to the test…There was, however a glimmer of hope for subjects age 60 and above…Unlike the younger participants, older subjects showed a significant improvement in verbal reasoning [Read more…] about To reach your cognitive potential across the whole lifespan, augment healthy lifestyle with brain training
More research needed on use of ‘smart drugs’ by healthy people (Medical News):
“Drugs such as methylphenidate and modafinil, marketed as Ritalin and Provigil respectively, are used by some healthy individuals in order to boost their cognitive performance, despite a general lack of knowledge about [Read more…] about Growing awareness of the opportunities and risks posed by pharmacological cognitive enhancement (aka “smart drugs”)
To Boost Brain Health and Performance, Harness Neuroplasticity The Right Way (Creativity Post):
“…However, despite large investments, evidence that “smart” drugs or brain supplements actually work is scarce at the present. The [Read more…] about Why do steroid-taking athletes pay attention to their physical exercise regimens?
Traditional scientific ideas cast the human brain as a fixed and essentially limited system that only degrades with age. This view saw the brain as a rigid machine in many ways, pretty much set after childhood. By contrast, we have now come to appreciate that the human brain is actually a highly dynamic and constantly reorganizing system, capable of [Read more…] about To boost brainpower, ignore “smart drugs” and focus on experiences that harness neuroplasticity the right way
“Smart” drugs, like Ritalin, also known as nootropics, are known to increase a person’s attention span, memory and ability to stay alert. As a result, they have become increasingly abused by students seeking an extra edge in their studies. According to a report from The Partnership at Drugfree.org and the MetLife Foundation, approximately 1.3 million American teenager [Read more…] about Use and misuse of ADHD drugs and nootropics among teenagers and toddlers