Cognitive enhancement: promises and perils

Neuron. 2011 Feb 24;69(4):595-8. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2011.02.012.


The potential use of drugs to enhance cognition, emotion, and executive function has engendered controversy despite the fact that few such agents exist today. Here, I provide a context for discussions based on medical, regulatory, and ethical concerns that have been raised by the possibility that enhancers will emerge from current efforts to discover drugs for neuropsychiatric disorders.

MeSH terms

  • Cognition / drug effects*
  • Cognition / physiology
  • Cognition Disorders / drug therapy
  • Humans
  • Nootropic Agents / pharmacology*
  • Nootropic Agents / therapeutic use


  • Nootropic Agents