Do You Take Cognition-Enhancing Drugs?

One of my neuroscience teachers explained to us how wonderful Modafinil is:  it keeps you awake and fully concentrated for hours and hours, without apparent side effects.  Modafinil is ostensively a drug prescribed for narcolepsy, but it’s clear that many people use it simply to stay awake and work.  Given how happy he sounded about it, I couldn’t help but think that my teacher must have used it himself.

I looked into it too.  The only ways I could find to get Modafinil without a prescription were too expensive for a graduate student (which I was at the time).  So I gave up and never even tried it .

Now Nature has just published a commentary on the use of cognitive-enhancing drugs by academics.  It also has a forum where you can read and write comments on this topic.