Brain Gain By Margaret Talbot Essay

1563 Words Dec 5th, 2016 7 Pages
Students’ schedules are full of classes, studying, clubs, sports, sleep, and not enough time. This is a problem that many college students run into as they go through school. They sign up for all of their classes, along with academic and social clubs as well as sports, and end up finding no time to focus on the studying their classes require. Overscheduling is what leads some college students to start taking cognitive enhancers or what they call “Smart Pills.” Cognitive enhancers are drugs such as Adderall, Ritalin and Provigil and they are believed to improve one’s cognition, which is the ability to learn and understand information. Some college students use these drugs to stay awake longer and continue to focus, allowing them to complete assignments and study for their tests at the last minute. The students may be getting the work done, but is it their best work, and are they actually understanding the information? Margaret Talbot, the author of “Brain Gain”, shares many different stories and studies that show the positive effects that cognitive enhancers have in response to that question. In another article “Thinking about Thinking,” Chris Berdik focuses more on placebos and how they can have the same effect as cognitive enhancers, but state that some people have more faith in the smart pills. Finally, George Dawson wrote the article “The Use of Cognitive-Enhancing Drugs is Cheating and Problematic” and he shares how these drugs are cheating because they can improve your…

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