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Rethinking Cognitive Enhancement$
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Ruud ter Meulen, Ahmed Mohammed, and Wayne Hall

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198727392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727392.001.0001

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Challenges in regulating the use of stimulant drugs for cognitive enhancement in normal individuals

Challenges in regulating the use of stimulant drugs for cognitive enhancement in normal individuals

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(p.292) Chapter 19 Challenges in regulating the use of stimulant drugs for cognitive enhancement in normal individuals
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Rethinking Cognitive Enhancement
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Wayne Hall

John Strang

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727392.003.0019

In this chapter we consider various approaches to regulating the use of putatively cognitively enhancing drugs (CED) such as stimulants. We focus on stimulant drugs (dexamphetamine, methylphenidate, and modafinil) because these are the drugs most often discussed in bioethics debates about the use of pharmaceuticals to enhance cognitive functioning in normal individuals. The adjective putative should be understood as qualifying CED in the remainder of the chapter because, as has been argued elsewhere in this book, many ethical analyses of the use of CED simply assume that stimulant drugs have been shown to be cognitively enhancing in normal individuals when the evidence on their efficacy in normal individuals is equivocal.

Keywords:   cognitive enhancement, methyphenidate, modafinil, regulatory options, assessing safety and efficacy

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