What is Cognitive Enhancement?

Veljko Dubljević, César Venero, Shira Knafo

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"Cognitive enhancement" is commonly associated with drug use or the use of devices to improve cognition, technologies that have on the whole been established in laboratory animals or through a history of use in humans. In this chapter we aim to clarify the concept underlying "cognitive enhancement" and to provide a brief overview of the current use of this term in the academic literature, distinguishing the strategies to enhance cognitive function under normal conditions and the therapeutic strategies aimed at overcoming cognitive impairment. In addition, we will briefly review the various approaches to cognitive enhancement later described in this book.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCognitive Enhancement
Subtitle of host publicationPharmacologic, Environmental and Genetic Factors
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780124171251
ISBN (Print)9780124170421
StatePublished - 8 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Publisher Copyright:
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  • Brain power
  • Cognitive enhancement
  • Life style
  • Technology
  • Therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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