Methylphenidate, which has been featured a few times before on Smart Drug Smarts, makes a comeback in this week’s episode. Join Jesse as he preps for and conducts an “n=1” self-experiment, his first-ever Ritalin experience (conducted with a little help from a friend). Along the way, we talk to a few other users — both prescription and non-prescription users — who present their own subjective experiences, and help Jesse evaluate his. What results does the experiment yield? Tune in to find out.
REM sleep — another familiar name in the world of cognitive enhancement — also finds its way back in this episode and reemphasizes its place in every biohacker’s toolkit.
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Introducing the single-subject scientific experiment.
This Week In Neuroscience: Emotions and sleep.
The listener interaction section.
A quick follow-up on last week's episode
Prepping for the self-experiment - the background.
A friend in need is a friend indeed - Mr. Speak-n-Spell.
Let the experiment begin.
45 minutes in - Jesse's initial reactions to Methylphenidate.
Self-experiment observation # 1.
Mr. Speak-n-Spell - part deux aka The Protocol.
Self-experiment observation # 2.
A prescription user's experience with Methylphenidate.
Three and a half hours after the experiment began.
Self-experiment observation # 3.
The Return of Mr. Speak-n-Spell.
Ritalin in history - Paul Erdos - A mathematical monk.
Non-cognitive uses for Methylphenidate.
Self-experiment observation # 4.
The final analysis.
Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick: Evolution of the eye.