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new-normal

You, me, and everyone we know, falls under this impending, theoretical threat.  Even those of us who are using cognitive enhancers (those currently available) — we’re still a part of the “home team,” compared to those upgraded rascals from 2020, or 2030, or 2045, and whatever brain-enhancers they’re  using to eventually disenfranchise the biological “normals.”

Slippery-Slopes-smart-drug-addiction

Could a smart drug “habit” be a gateway to addiction? What’s the difference between addiction and physical dependence? What’s going on with the brain’s dopaminergic systems during addictive behavior?

Phosphadytlserine-young-brain

Want to get more of a cognitive boost out of your workout? “Generally Recognised As Safe” supplement phosphatidylserine could be the answer.

Pycnogenol-Pine-Trees

This week Jesse and Dr. Jeffry Strong wander into a forest of lesser known plant extracts, discussing Pycnogenol, a product derived from the bark of a unique species of pine trees. Its effects range from anti-oxidation and reduction of inflammation to circulatory-system and cognitive improvements. One theory to Pycnogenol’s success is that it has a …

fish-oil-cognitive-lubricant

Jesse is joined by Dr. Andrew Pipingas and Professor David Crewther for a conversation about fish oil and its effects on neural efficiency, introducing the idea that “smart brains work less hard.”

Lemon-Balm

Professor Andrew Scholey takes us through the history and effects of adaptogen, and powerful cognitive and mood enhancer Lemon Balm.

Ritalin-on-off-label

We welcome back Dr Sunderji to speak to us about Ritalin – the benefits, the risks, and the importance of careful diagnosis and responsible dosing.

cantab-quantified-cognition

Professor Trevor Robbins, co-inventor of the Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery (CANTAB) – a computer-based cognitive assessment system – explains its use for both neurodegenerative disease detection and cognitive enhancement efficacy and safety.

Santa-Stimulant

Dr. Patricia Gerbarg introduces us to Rhodiola rosea, an herbal supplement used to increase stamina, decrease mental fatigue, and combat stress.

plant-based

Professor Stough shares with us his research methods and decades of insight into plant-based cognitive enhancers with chronic (ongoing) effects, like Gingko biloba and Bacopa monnieri.

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