Cognitive enhancement can be both a good and a bad thing. In some cases, enhancing certain mental functions can lead to the reduction of others, and the trade-offs involved in this are not always obvious. A more neoliberal view of cognitive enhancement would emphasize the benefits of enhancing certain cognitive functions at the expense of others. While there is no clear answer to this question, studies suggest that there is a minimum threshold at which an individual can benefit from cognitive enhancement.
Although neuroenhancers are not generally effective for improving overall intelligence, they do have a potential to help individuals with ADD/ADHD improve their performance. This drug has the same molecular structure as cocaine, and the results are similar. It can increase cognition, focus, and motivation. It can also help people who suffer from depression or anxiety. But these effects can be temporary, and it’s important to consider all factors in the evaluation before relying on any particular supplement.
The Oxford Martin School assembled an interdisciplinary team of researchers to study the ethical implications of cognitive enhancement devices. The team’s main goal was to develop a regulatory framework for cognitive enhancement devices. The policy paper outlined four categories of mind machines, and described the appropriate regulatory framework for them. Among these are the following: