As luck might have it I stumbled upon an article this weekend that struck a direct chord with the topics I discussed in my last post and book review as well. This article published in Scientific American titled “A Safe Drug to Boost Brian Power” discusses modafinil, a drug used to treat sleep apnea since the 90’s, that provides heightened cognitive senses similar to caffeine. The study conducted in the University of Oxford analyzed,” 24 studies published between 1990 and 2014 that specifically looked at how modafinil affects cognition.” In their review they found that the methods used to evaluate modafinil strongly affected the outcomes and were not conclusive. However, “studies that asked participants to do complex and difficult tasks after taking modafinil or a placebo found that those who took the drug were more accurate, which suggests that it may affect “higher cognitive functions”.”
So what exactly does this suggest? Well for one thing doctors suggest taking a moment and weighting out the risk to reward ratio. Though studies have found a positive correlation between modafinil and higher brain cognition, studies have yet to produce long term effects for the drug. In addition to this it’s important to keep in mind the drug’s potential side effects such as insomnia and headaches. Though still very understudied these findings help point us in the right direction to developing a potent and safe brain cognition enhancement drug. As I mentioned in my earlier post, with the use of our current technologies it only becomes a matter of time before we develop a real life version of NZT 48. However, until that day comes you may want to stick to the daily cup of joe as the mental boost to get through the day. Have you or someone you know tried modafinil? How was it? Did it give you the mental edge you were looking for? Let us know in the comments below!