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Attention-deficit drugs like Adderall and Ritalin have helped millions of ADHD kids get along. For a new generation, they’ve also fed a black market in college dorms and high-pressure labs, where off-label use by the non-ADHD gets term papers written and lab reports done.
Now, pharmaceutical companies — and some scientists — are saying maybe we should consider “cognitive enhancers,” drugs like these, for the general population.
Some call it “cosmetic neurology,” and say it’s time. Others say it’s a bad, bad idea.
This hour, On Point: The debate over drugs for the mind.
The average person today consumes almost three times as much information as what the typical person consumed in 1960, according to research at the University of California, San Diego.
In case you don’t read The Journal of Neural Engineering, here’s the news: scientists have created a brain implant that restores lost memory function and strengthens recall.
A brain implant. Now, it was in a rat. But it’s proven what can be done.
And offered a glimpse of what’s coming for humans. There is lots of talk about the “bionic brain.” To repair injuries, like Gabby Giffords’.
To supplement brains like yours and mine. Check out this headline: “Intel Wants Brain Implants in Customers Heads by 2020.”
It’s exciting, and it’s scary.
Brian Christian relates his experiences in one of the most famous philosophical experiments ? the Turing Test. Sherry Turkle is fascinated by our interactions with machines, and talks about what she calls the mashup of online and offline lives. Michael Chorost thinks his cochlear implants make him a living example of man/machine integration. Neuroscientist Miguel Nikolelis talks about the possibility of upgrading our brains with computer chips.
Science, technology, environment and health news and discussion from the makers of the NPR public radio program Science Friday with host Ira Flatow.
Dr. Justin Sanchez discusses technologies that enable direct brain to computer interfacing, just think…
Guest: Dr. Justin C. Sanchez, Director of the Neuroprosthetics Research Group, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neurology, Department of Neuroscience, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida.
I really had no idea that the technologies that Justin has developed existed other than in science fiction. The possibilities are endless, and could change everything from computing, to flying planes, to simply changing the channel…
U.C. Berkeley philosopher Alva Noë challenges the assumptions underlying neuroscientific studies of consciousness in Out of Our Heads. According to Noë, consciousness arises from interactions with out surroundings and is not something that simply happens inside of our brains. From http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/episodes/2009/03/25/segments/127090
What is consciousness? This primal question has occupied humanity since we gained the language to ask it. In his new book "Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain," Antonio Damasio investigates how new discoveries in neuroscience can shed light on the evolution and emergence of the conscious self.
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