Can drugs help us think better and achieve more? If so, should they be banned or required? This interdisciplinary conference addresses the neurobiological, psychological, philosophical, and legal implications of using stimulant drugs as cognitive enhancers, as treatment for ADHD or narcolepsy, or for recreation. The speakers, who will include both prominent experts and Duke students, will also consider potential health risks and ethical issues raised by cognitive enhancement. The final panel of students, faculty, and administrators will focus on the unique Duke Community Standard, which classifies non-prescribed use of cognitive enhancers as a form of cheating.
This symposium is part of the “Moral Judgments About and By Stimulant Users” project funded in part by the Silver Family Kenan Institute for Ethics Fund in Support of Bass Connections. The event is sponsored by Bass Connections: Brain & Society, the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences Center on Addiction & Behavior Change, and the Kenan Institute for Ethics.
Please register via our online form.
Tuesday, March 31
Von Canon Hall, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus
9:30am-4:30pm (Full schedule below)
9:45-10:30: Edythe London, “Dopamine, Self-Control and Decision-Making: Alteration by Stimulant Abuse”
10:45-11:30: John Looney, “A Tale of Two Cultures: Stimulent Abuse in Rural Appalachia Contrasted to College Campuses.”
11:45-12:30: Tim Strauman, “Self-Regulation via Stimulant: A Snapshot of College Life”
1:30-2:15: Nicole Vincent, “Enhancement, Side Effects, and Agency”
2:30-4:00: Panel discussion featuring Nita Farahany, Tom Szigethy, and Rachel Dew
4:00-4:30 Poster session
Speakers and Panelists
Nita Farahany is a Professor of Law & Philosophy at Duke University and Director of Duke Science & Society
Edythe D. London is The Thomas and Katherine Pike Professor of Addiction Studies, and Director of the UCLA Laboratory of Molecular Pharmacology at the David Geffen School of Medicine University of California at Los Angeles
John G. Looney is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University
Timothy J. Strauman is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University
Tom Szigethy is Associate Dean and Director, Duke Student Wellness Center
Nicole Vincent is Associate Professor of Philosophy, Law, and Neuroscience at Georgia State University and is affiliated with the Philosophy Section of TU Delft, the Netherlands