'Super Kids': Regulating the Use of Cognitive and Psychological Enhancement in Children

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The use of drugs as neurocognitive enhancement to improve performance rather than treat psychological disorders is receiving widespread attention from academics, policy-makers and the media. Arguments supporting the use of these drugs are persuasive but potential side effects have yet to be clearly drawn and the latent effects on the developing brains of children are a particular concern. This paper explores key issues surrounding the use of cognitive enhancement and suggests how this should be regulated in relation to children. The main contention here is that parents should not be free to impose cognitive enhancement on their children. Children should be as fully involved in an appropriate decision-making structure as possible including involvement in the development of relevant policies.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5235/175799611796399867

Publication date: July 1, 2011

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