Talk on students' smart drugs use
UNIVERSITY experts from Bristol are chairing a debate to discuss the recent increase in taking of cognitive enhancing "smart drugs" by students.
Professors from the University of the West of England (UWE) will be joined by researchers from the University of Bristol, Oxford, and the Graphic Science education consultancy at a Question Time-style discussion at the Watershed.
Members of public are encouraged to take part at the event, which is set to take place on January 9, from 6.30pm until 8pm.
So-called smart drugs are taken by some students to increase their concentration levels and attention span.
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The drugs are normally prescribed for problems such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
UWE's Dr Darian Meacham said: "The use of various smart drugs amongst secondary school and university students is on the rise with nearly 25 per cent of students at some American universities reported as having used smart drugs to help them study and improve grades.
"These drugs have been shown to increase concentration, attention span, and working memory capacity. We will be discussing the ethics associated with this kind of drug taking."
The panel plans to address the ethical implications of the drugs.
Tickets can be found at the UWE online store: www.store.uwe.ac.uk.