Pilot Study Finds ‘Smart Drug’ Adderall Has Limited Benefits for Healthy Students and May Harm Working Memory

Prescription stimulants commonly used to address a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have become a fad drug for students who believe it helps their academic performance. But, if you’re taking these drugs for that purpose, Research Digest reports that the short-term boost you’re getting has a downside: It worsens working memory such as recall of a string of digits. It also has negative effects on your perceptions of past cognitive and self-regulation...

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