Psychopathology II

"Extra Credit" Writing Assignment

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Topic: Is it ethical to use cognition-enhancing drugs?

Use any of the sources listed below in support of your thesis. Provide critical rebuttal of arguments against your thesis.


The President’s Council on Bioethics. “‘Beyond Therapy’: General Reflections.” Chapter Six in Beyond Therapy: Biotechnology and the Pursuit of Happiness. Washington, D.C., October 2003. ( PDF)

Editorial: “ Enhancing, not Cheating.” Nature 450 (2007): 320.

Sahakian, B., and S. Morein-Zamir. “ Professor’s Little Helper.” Nature 450 (2007): 1157–9

Six letters published in Nature 451 (2008): 520–1, in response to Sahakian and Morein-Zamir Nature 2007 commentary.

Maher, B. “ Poll Results: Look Who’s Doping.” Nature 452 (2008): 674–5.

Swanson, J. M., and N. D. Volkow. “ Increasing Use of Stimulants Warns of Potential Abuse.” Nature 453 (2008): 586.

Greely, H., et al. “Towards Responsible Use of Cognitive-Enhancing Drugs by the Healthy.” Nature 456 (2008): 702–5. ( PDF)

Seven letters published in Nature 457 (2009): 532–3, in response to Greely et al. Nature 2008 commentary.

Szalavitz, M. “ Popping Smart Pills: The Case for Cognitive Enhancement.” Time Magazine, January 6, 2009.

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