Sunday, April 13, 2008

Scientists pop Ritalin to sharpen thinking

From the Calgary Herald:
One-fifth of the world's professional scientists and university science students have used "cognition-enhancing" prescription drugs to help them concentrate, according to a survey by a top research journal.

The most common of these "steroids for scientists" is the amphetamine Ritalin, says the journal Nature.

And while some officials at Canadian universities expressed surprise at the finding, others said the practice is well-known, usually using drugs to keep awake and alert.

A student diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, which is treated with Ritalin, can become very popular at exam time or when essays and lab work are due, they say. ...more

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