Better brains
As part of the Foresight Brain Science, Addiction and Drugs project a state of science review was carried out into current knowledge in the area of cognitive enhancers. These are factors that improve functions such as memory, learning and attention. The review concluded there would be significant improvements in our understanding of this area in the next twenty years, and that these would lead to an increase in the development of cognitive enhancers. It raised the possibility of otherwise healthy individuals using enhancers to boost their cognitive abilities. This POSTnote reviews existing methods of cognitive enhancement along with likely future developments, and considers the regulatory and ethical questions that they pose.
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Better brains
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Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology of the UK Parliament (POST)
United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland