Introduction to the Symposium on Drug Improvement of Memory

Authors:
Mark R. Rosenzweig
Published Online:
21 Sep 2010
DOI:
10.1080/002075998400466
Pages:
81–85
Volume/Issue No:
Volume 33 Issue 2

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This paper introduces a symposium in which three main speakers discussed the prospect that drugs may improve cognitive functioning, including memory. Even though the participants agreed that presently available drugs can alleviate memory disorders only to a limited extent and do not increase ability of well‐functioning individuals, it is important to consider social implications of drugs that might increase learning ability and intelligence. It is also important to consider, as alternatives to drugs, behavioural approaches to improving abilities that do not share possible drawbacks of pharmacological treatments.

Dans ce symposium trois experts ont considéré la possibilité que des agents pharmaceutiques puissent améliorer les processus cognitifs, y compris la mémoire. Bien que les participants soient d'accord qu'à heure actuelle ces agents améliorent peu les déficits de mémoire et n'augmentent pas la mémoire de ceux qui fonctionnent déjà bien, il est important de penser aux conséquences sociales des agents pharmaceutiques susceptibles d'augmenter l'apprentissage et l'intelligence. Il est aussi important de considérer, comme alternatifs aux agents pharmaceutiques, des méthodes comportementales pour améliorer la cognition sans les effets secondaires des agents pharmaceutiques.

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