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Brief Published: 10 May 2012

Centre for the Mind: Enhanced Thinking


The University of Sydney’s Centre for the Mind, Australia, has released a study on enhanced thinking. It shows how learning, memory, attention, alertness and insight can be increased via a mild electrical current, called transcranial direct current stimulation. The research has captured the interest of the armed forces.

The development and use of techniques to boost brainpower has the support of many bioethicists, who argue that society must respond to a growing demand for brainpower aids.

A new book called Enhancing Human Capacities, by Australian ethics professor Julian Savulescu, argues that improving the brain through artificial means could bring significant social and economic benefits for individuals. The counter-argument is that although cognitive enhancement drugs may make people more attentive, they can inadvertently reduce creativity.

Centre for the Mind