Australian university students' attitudes towards the acceptability and regulation of pharmaceuticals to improve academic performance

Bell, Stephanie, Partridge, Brad, Lucke, Jayne and Hall, Wayne (2013) Australian university students' attitudes towards the acceptability and regulation of pharmaceuticals to improve academic performance. Neuroethics, 6 1: 197-205. doi:10.1007/s12152-012-9153-9

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Author Bell, Stephanie
Partridge, Brad
Lucke, Jayne
Hall, Wayne
Title Australian university students' attitudes towards the acceptability and regulation of pharmaceuticals to improve academic performance
Journal name Neuroethics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1874-5490
1874-5504
Publication date 2013-04
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s12152-012-9153-9
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 6
Issue 1
Start page 197
End page 205
Total pages 9
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract There is currently little empirical information about attitudes towards cognitive enhancement - the use of pharmaceutical drugs to enhance normal brain functioning. It is claimed this behaviour most commonly occurs in students to aid studying. We undertook a qualitative assessment of attitudes towards cognitive enhancement by conducting 19 semi-structured interviews with Australian university students. Most students considered cognitive enhancement to be unacceptable, in part because they believed it to be unethical but there was a lack of consensus on whether it was similar or different to steroid use in sport. There was support for awareness campaigns and monitoring of cognitive enhancement use of pharmaceutical drugs. An understanding of student attitudes towards cognitive enhancement is important in formulating future policy.
Keyword Cognitive enhancement
Neuroenhancement
Attitudes
Qualitative research
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 10 February 2012

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: UQ Centre for Clinical Research Publications
Official 2013 Collection
 
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