Towards a smart population: a public health framework for cognitive enhancement

Lucke, Jayne and Partridge, Brad (2013) Towards a smart population: a public health framework for cognitive enhancement. Neuroethics, 6 2: 419-427. doi:10.1007/s12152-012-9167-3

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Author Lucke, Jayne
Partridge, Brad
Title Towards a smart population: a public health framework for cognitive enhancement
Journal name Neuroethics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1874-5490
Publication date 2013-04-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s12152-012-9167-3
Volume 6
Issue 2
Start page 419
End page 427
Total pages 9
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Abstract This paper presents a novel view of the concept of cognitive enhancement by taking a population health perspective. We propose four main modifiable healthy lifestyle factors for optimal cognitive functioning across the population for which there is evidence of safety and efficacy. These include i) promoting adequate sleep, ii) increasing physical activity, iii) encouraging a healthy diet, including minimising consumption of stimulants, alcohol and other drugs including nicotine, iv) and promoting good mental health. We argue that it is not ethical to promote or sanction the use of pharmaceutical drugs as putative cognitive enhancers without acknowledging the adverse effects on population cognitive health of failing to encourage the pursuit of healthy behaviours. We conclude with recommendations to increase the public health relevance of bioethical analyses of the cognitive enhancement debate.
Keyword Cognitive enhancement
Mental health
Physical activity
Public health
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 26 September 2012.

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