Mi, 16-18 Uhr, M6/002 WS 2009/10, Susan Brähler
TEXT 3 Students turn to 'smart drugs' to boost grades
Use of brain-enhancing drugs is on the rise
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 1 October 2009
Students are increasingly using brain-boosting drugs – and they're virtually impossible to ban, an expert warned today. Drugs normally used for conditions such as Alzheimer's disease and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are being used by students around the world to improve their academic performance. […] Vince Cakic, from the department of psychology at the University of Sydney, […] said today that smart drugs were highly attractive to students […]. "High school and university are the primary competitive spheres of many people's lives, and ones that have significant bearing upon their lives, in terms of both career opportunities and future earning capacity. The pressure to succeed academically is very real, and in a climate in which high-stakes public examinations have increased demand for private tuition, it is likely that all avenues for performance enhancement will be exhausted." He said the failures and inconsistencies in the anti-drugs policy in sport could be mirrored when it comes to the use of smart drugs in the academic world. "If the current situation in competitive sport is anything to go by, any attempt to prohibit the use of smart drugs will probably be difficult or inordinately expensive to police effectively." […] "The possibility of purchasing 'smartness in a bottle' is likely to have broad appeal to students."