Now a new sciencecalled cognitive enhancement
promises that someone who doesn't haveintelligence today could have it tomorrow.
The study published in the Journal of Cognitive Enhancement
suggests it is possible to train the brain like other body parts -- with targeted workouts.
The researchers pointed out that both modafinil and methylphenidate are approved for other conditions and must be used off-label for cognitive enhancement
, and cautioned that the drugs are associated with significant side effects.
Between the years 2009 and 2011, Vrecko (18) coordinated a qualitative research whose subjects were users of Aderall (a mix of amphetamine salts, also used for ADHD and forbidden in Brazil) which used the medication for cognitive enhancement
in English universities.
Methylphenidate and Modafinil: egalitarian justice and policies of access to pharmacological cognitive enhancement
Cognitive remediation is a new focus of psychiatry and is in its infancy; programs include cognitive remediation training (CRT) and cognitive enhancement
therapy (CET) (Box, page 40 (3-9)).
Initiatives such as the USAICoE Writing Program and the Cognitive Enhancement
Program are building more competent, agile, and adaptive leaders ready to support the operating force.
Critique: Rejuvenation therapies that could potentially extend human lifespans to 160 years or more, chemical or bioelectronic cognitive enhancement
that could double or triple IQ scores, bioelectronic devices for modulating brain processes including "pleasure centers", so-called "designer babies", and much more are poised to cross the threshhold from science fiction to reality in the near future.
The very notion of cognitive enhancement
is seductive and plausible.
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The titles of the seven symposia were Ambient Intelligence for Health and Cognitive Enhancement
, Applied Computational Game Theory, Foundations of Autonomy and Its (Cyber) Threats: From Individuals to Interdependence, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning: Integrating Symbolic and Neural Approaches, Logical Formalizations of Commonsense Reasoning, Socio-Technical Behavior Mining: From Data to Decisions, Structured Data for Humanitarian Technologies: Perfect Fit or Overkill?