Cognitive Enhancement

An Interdisciplinary Perspective

  • Elisabeth Hildt
  • Andreas G. Franke

Part of the Trends in Augmentation of Human Performance book series (TAHP, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Cognitive Enhancement

  3. Philosophical and Ethical Aspects of Cognitive Enhancement

  4. Sociological, Political and Legal Aspects of Cognitive Enhancement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Peter B. Reiner
      Pages 189-200
    3. Jan-Christoph Bublitz
      Pages 233-264
    4. Elizabeth Shaw
      Pages 265-281
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 309-315

About this book


Cognitive enhancement is the use of drugs, biotechnological strategies or other means by healthy individuals aiming at the improvement of cognitive functions such as vigilance, concentration or memory without any medical need. In particular, the use of pharmacological substances (caffeine, prescription drugs or illicit drugs) has received considerable attention during the last few years. Currently, however, little is known concerning the use of cognitive enhancers, their effects on healthy individuals and the place and function of cognitive enhancement in everyday life.

The purpose of the book is to give an overview of the current research on cognitive enhancement and to provide in-depth insights into the interdisciplinary debate on cognitive enhancement. Authors who stem from various disciplines such as medicine, psychiatry, neuroscience, neurotechnology, philosophy, medical ethics, neuroethics, sports science, social sciences and law contribute to this collected volume which is divided into three sections: Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Cognitive Enhancement; Philosophical and Ethical Aspects of Cognitive Enhancement; and Sociological, Political and Legal Aspects of Cognitive Enhancement.


Cognitive Enhancement Ethics Neuroenhancement Neuroethics

Editors and affiliations

  • Elisabeth Hildt
    • 1
  • Andreas G. Franke
    • 2
  1. 1., Department of PhilosophyUniversity of MainzMainzGermany
  2. 2., Psychiatry and PsychotherapyUniversity Medical Center MainzMainzGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-6252-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-6253-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2213-1310
  • Series Online ISSN 2213-1329
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