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  • Are we set for a smart drug future?
  • Are we set for a smart drug future?
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Modafinil: a smart drug that keeps students switched on

From the mind-enhancing drug in the 2011 movie Limitless to doubt-ridding pills in the 2006 novel Indecision, ‘smart drugs’ usually occupy the realms of fiction. But can science produce a real life equivalent? Research from Oxford and Harvard suggests modafinil could be the answer.

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From the mind-enhancing drug NZT-48 taken in 2011 thriller Limitless to the doubt-ridding pill from Benjamin Kunkel’s 2006 novel Indecision, ‘smart drugs’ usually occupy the realms of fiction – and even here the side effects have grave consequences. But could science produce a real life equivalent?

According to research from the University of Oxford and Harvard Medical School – and the attestations of thousands of students worldwide – modafinil could be the answer. Hailed as the world’s first safe ‘smart drug’, modafinil is a cognitive enhancer that boosts decision making, problem solving and memory. With limited side effects, are ...

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