Cognitive enhancers (CED) are drugs that help improve a person’s intelligence, motivation, and attention, among other things. Adderall falls into that category. In the article Cognitive Enhancement, Cheating and Accomplishment, Rob Goodman was able to get a report from a journalist who has written in prestigious newspapers. This journalist claims to have taken a tablet and right after that he picked up a book, which he didn’t put down until he hit the last page. He goes on by saying “I didn’t stop or stumble once. Perplexed, I got up, made a sandwich and I was overcome with the urge to write an article…” (Goodman) he was able to finish the article faster and better than usual. There was also another journalist who took a tablet for two days and had the same effects. He had a desperate urge to write and worked twice as fast as usual. Both journalists decided to discontinue their daily use of Adderall, but still saved some tablets for occasional use.
The journalists were afraid of what the long-term side effects of this drug would
Cited: Goodman, Rob. "Cognitive Enhancement, Cheating, and Accomplishment." Kennedy Institute of Ethics journal 20.2 (2010): 145-60. ProQuest Central; ProQuest Health Management. Web. 31 Jan. 2012.