Modafinil and Cognitive Enhancement

October 10, 2017

Modafinil was developed for treating the patients with sleep-related disorders like narcolepsy, sleep apnea, and so on. However, with time this drug started being used as a ‘smart drug’ along with other nootropics like Ritalin or Adderall. Currently, the popularity of it is so high that you can order modafinil online.

Researchers have conducted highly systematic studies and have repeatedly found that modafinil helps in enhancing cognitive performance. On top of this, the studies have found that individuals get significant benefits without facing any serious side effects.

A series of studies were conducted on the effects of this drug but the results of these studies seem to contradict each other. This contradiction prompted researchers from the University of Oxford to do an extensive literature review on this subject. The findings of this research were pretty interesting as it showed the fundamental reason that made the results of different research inconsistent with each other. This study found that the nature of the performance task affected the results. It showed that the studies in which simpler tasks were assigned, modafinil showed no impact on the subject’s performance. In contrast, studies which included complex tasks showed a significant difference between the performance of modafinil and control subjects.

Cognition is not a unitary entity but a result of the synchronous activity of various processes, such as attention, memory, information processing, executive functioning, and so on. The simpler tasks measured just one of the facet of cognition and hence the results on these tasks were limited. On the other hand, the complex task measured the entire synchronous activity and thus was able to give significant results. The study shows that certainly, modafinil has the ability to enhance the cognitive performance of the individuals. One thing to note here is that researchers are still not really sure about the mechanism that enables this enhancement.

One group of researchers is of the opinion that this drug might be altering the concentration of a neurotransmitter called catecholamines, and through this alteration, it might be altering the cognitive performance of individuals. People have reported that they become particularly better at tasks that require good focus and problem-solving ability. It is no wonder that most people who order modafinil online need enhancement in these areas.


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