Nanotechnology, the Brain, and the Future

Volume 3 of the series Yearbook of Nanotechnology in Society pp 235-245


Towards responsible use of cognitive-enhancing drugs by the healthy

  • Henry GreelyAffiliated withStanford Law School, Crown Quadrangle Email author 
  • , Barbara SahakianAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, MRC/Wellcome Trust Behavioural and Clinical, Neuroscience Institute
  • , John HarrisAffiliated withInstitute for Science, Ethics and Innovation, and Wellcome Strategic Programme in The Human Body, its Scope, Limits and Future, University of Manchester
  • , Ronald C. KesslerAffiliated withDepartment of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School
  • , Michael GazzanigaAffiliated withSage Center for the Study of Mind, University of California
  • , Philip CampbellAffiliated withNature
  • , Martha J. FarahAffiliated withCenter for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania

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Today, on university campuses around the world, students are striking deals to buy and sell prescription drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin — not to get high, but to get higher grades, to provide an edge over their fellow students or to increase in some measurable way their capacity for learning. These transactions are crimes in the United States, punishable by prison.