Nootropics and the Human Lab Rats of Reddit

Eric Matzner tells me he takes 30 to 40 pills a day. He is 27 and perfectly healthy. Thanks to the pills, he says he hasn't had a cold in years. More importantly, the regimen is supposed to optimize the hell out of his brain, smoothing right over the ravages of aging, sleep deprivation, and hangovers. » 3/24/15 11:00am 3/24/15 11:00am

Smart Drugs Could Be Impairing The Brains Of Young People

It's estimated that over a million students in the U.S. misuse prescription drugs and stimulants to boost their attention span, memory, and alertness. But a new study suggests some of these drugs are detrimental to developing brains, causing long-term impairments to cognitive function. » 5/15/14 1:40pm 5/15/14 1:40pm

10 supplements you can take today to enhance your intelligence

One day, we may be able to make ourselves superintelligent with futuristic biotechnology. We're not there yet, but for the impatient among us there are still some things we can do to give us that little extra bit of brain power. By supplementing with so-called 'nootropics,' you may not become the next Stephen… » 11/23/12 10:02am 11/23/12 10:02am

Omega-3 supplements can boost cognitive performance

Scientists have suspected for some time that Omega-3 fatty acids — a common compound found in fish oil, grass-fed livestock, walnuts, flaxseeds, and beans — has a beneficial effect on brain health (including positive effects on cognition, behavior, and mood). And in fact, it's becoming increasingly used as a dietary… » 10/29/12 11:18am 10/29/12 11:18am

Could a single pill make you fearless?

Researchers at Duke University and the National Institutes of Health have developed an experimental drug that calms the fears of anxious mice. They also believe that the exact same changes in brain chemistry could work on humans — a discovery that could lead to a "courage pill." But would we want to live in a world… » 6/13/12 11:26am 6/13/12 11:26am

Are ‘cognitive enhancers’ messing up the minds of high school students?

It's well known that cognitive enhancers like Ritalin and Adderall are all the rage in U.S. colleges. But what's less known is how the practice is starting to take off in high schools. As a recent New York Times article notes, this is potentially worrisome — and not just because of the rampant off-label use of these… » 6/11/12 4:20pm 6/11/12 4:20pm

Should We Prepare for the Academic Doping Scandals?

Athletes who take performance-enhancing drugs are subject to drug testing, public disgrace, and an asterisk in the record books — but what about students who do the same? One psychologist foresees a future where students get tested for cognition-enhancing drugs. » 10/01/09 8:30am 10/01/09 8:30am