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The Urge to Transcend: An Analysis of Pharmacological Cognitive Enhancer Use in Modern Society

Soombal Zahid

Title:
The Urge to Transcend: An Analysis of Pharmacological Cognitive Enhancer Use in Modern Society
Author(s):
Zahid, Soombal
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Undergraduate theses
Department:
Psychology (Barnard College)
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, Barnard College.
Abstract:
Cognition, a phenomenon that constitutes the life of the mind, is often considered to be the self-defining feature of humans and a point of pride for many individuals. The term “cognition” can refer to a combination of processes an organism uses to manage information, including perception, attention, learning, memory, language, skilled motor behaviors, and socalled executive functions, such as decision-making, goal-setting, planning, and judgment (Whitehouse, Juengst, Mehlman, and Murray, 1997). It is common to hear people complain that their memory is inadequate or that they cannot pay attention in certain cognitively demanding situations; however, the concept of pharmacological cognitive enhancers (PCEs) did not arise to alleviate these people of their typical complaints. Rather, PCEs were originally developed to help people suffering from brain injuries and neuropsychiatric disorders (e.g. attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) or neurodegenerative disorders (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease) regain control over their memory, attention, and executive function abilities which are frequently affected in a negative way by their condition (Sahakian and Morein-Zamir, 2010).
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Psychology
Ethics
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Suggested Citation:
Soombal Zahid, 2010, The Urge to Transcend: An Analysis of Pharmacological Cognitive Enhancer Use in Modern Society, Columbia University Academic Commons, http://hdl.handle.net/10022/AC:P:10364.

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