BMC Medical Ethics 15 (1):23 (2014)

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Academic performance enhancement or cognitive enhancement (CE) via stimulant drug use has received increasing attention. The question remains, however, whether CE solely represents the use of drugs for achieving better academic or workplace results or whether CE also serves various other purposes. The aim of this study was to put the phenomenon of pharmacological academic performance enhancement via prescription and illicit (psycho-) stimulant use (Amphetamines, Methylphenidate) among university students into a broader context. Specifically, we wanted to further understand students’ experiences, the effects of use on students and other factors, such as pressure to perform in their academic and private lives
Keywords Cognitive enhancement  Academic performance enhancement  Stimulants  Ethics  Attitudes  Life impact  University students
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DOI 10.1186/1472-6939-15-23
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