Neuroethics 6 (1):197-205 (2013)

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Stephanie Bell
University of Glasgow
Wayne Hall
State University of New York (SUNY)
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There is currently little empirical information about attitudes towards cognitive enhancement - the use of pharmaceutical drugs to enhance normal brain functioning. It is claimed this behaviour most commonly occurs in students to aid studying. We undertook a qualitative assessment of attitudes towards cognitive enhancement by conducting 19 semi-structured interviews with Australian university students. Most students considered cognitive enhancement to be unacceptable, in part because they believed it to be unethical but there was a lack of consensus on whether it was similar or different to steroid use in sport. There was support for awareness campaigns and monitoring of cognitive enhancement use of pharmaceutical drugs. An understanding of student attitudes towards cognitive enhancement is important in formulating future policy
Keywords Cognitive enhancement  Neuroenhancement  Attitudes  Qualitative research  Stimulants
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DOI 10.1007/s12152-012-9153-9
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