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Making Better Students: ADHD in Higher Education and the Biopolitics of Stimulant Medication

Abstract According to my 2016 survey of ASU undergraduate students, 33% have used stimulant medications (e.g. Adderall or Ritalin) without a prescription to study. I view this practice as a step towards cognitive enhancement, which is the deliberate application of biotechnology to radically alter the human condition. From a foresight perspective, the ability to actively improve human beings, to take our evolutionary destiny into our own hands, may be a turning point on par with agriculture or the use of fossil fuels. The existential risks, however, may be greater than the benefits—and many of the most radical technologies have made little documented progress.

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Created Date 2016
Contributor Burnam-Fink, Michael (Author) / Miller, Clark (Advisor) / Hurlbut, Ben (Advisor) / Wetmore, Jameson (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Social research / Education policy / Medical ethics / ADHD / biopolitics / disability rights / higher education / transhumanism
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 153 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Science and Technology Policy 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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