A recent article in the CMAJ drew critical attention to an increasing number of students using stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin to increase academic performance.
The authors noted a study proving the ineffectiveness of drugs like Adderall and Ritalin in improving cognition versus a placebo in healthy individuals. They also compare the side-effects of these stimulants with cocaine.
This is actually a pretty good read, packed with less of the convoluted bullshit that most academic and medical journals seem to view as a requirement.
I’m not sure about performance, but both of these drugs sure make writing footnotes interesting as hell. Enjoy!
Here’s another one on a similar note from Psychology Today written by a University of Texas professor.
and see http://www.adderallsideeffects.com/ for more information.