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January 11, 2012

02:19

Humans have had a long love affair with body and mind modification, but in the present day simple modification is not enough - we now strive for permanent or semi-permanent "enhancement." The use of anabolic steroids by athletes, for example, has brought down world records but also brought incredible shame on the leagues that condoned such abuse.

Now, university students and professors are turning to so-called "cognitive enhancers," also known as "nootropics" or "smart drugs" to improve memory, learning, and overall alertness.

What are smart drugs, and how big is the problem? You might be surprised to find out.

Host: Rheanna Sand

Photo Credits: Wikimedia commons; Flickr users Cainad, velkr0, Paul Lowry, AngryParsley, Sam Blackman, DVIDSHUB, karynsig, and General Electric.

References:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v450/n7173/full/4501157a.html
http://io9.com/335844/a-performance+enhancing-drug-for-scientists-and-professors
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nootropic

YOUR COMMENTS

Chris Buzon on January 13, 2012
You use caffeine responsibly?! I abuse the hell of out it.

;)
Rheanna Sand January 13, 2012
hahaha... I like to think I abuse it responsibly... :P
nootopicsmartdrugs on January 16, 2012
- I couldn't agree more. Everyone wants to improve their mental capacity, and in the modern world where there are an endless number of distractions it is important to be able to focus on the task at hand. But the misuse of prescription drugs is not the answer, and if anything casts a shadow of the debate of smart drugs. Thankfully they have started to create alternatives using nootropics and other natural smart drugs that are being called Adderall Alternatives. Hopefully this new wave of smart drug will change the debate about smart drugs.

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