Smart Drugs,

#055: Plant-Based Cognitive Enhancers

December 06, 2014

In Episode #55, Jesse is joined by Con Stough, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology at Swinburne University.  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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Show Notes
  • 00:00:33

    Chronic-effect cognitive enhancers

  • 00:02:46

    This Week in Neuroscience: The Code That May Treat Blindness

  • 00:04:49

    Introduction to Professor Con Stough

  • 00:05:54

    The Centre for Human Psychopharmacology's areas of focus

  • 00:06:50

    How trials are conducted at the centre, how cognitive baselines in test subjects are assessed, and paper-and-pencil testing versus computerized testing

  • 00:10:07

    Cognition, intelligence, and emotion

  • 00:12:51

    Acute versus chronic cognitive enhancers

  • 00:16:22

    Why are pharmaceutical enhancers usually acute, while natural enhancers tend to be chronic?

  • 00:17:27

    Gingko biloba and Bacopa monnieri – and why you should do your homework to ensure you're buying the best quality!

  • 00:19:05

    Heavy metals in plant-based extracts, and some well-researched products

  • 00:20:57

    Gingko and other age-old remedies – science versus myth

  • 00:23:14

    India's low incidence of Alzheimer's and dementia

  • 00:24:00

    Professor Stough's own cognitive cocktail and thoughts on supplementing with curcumin

  • 00:25:17

    Could consuming plant-based enhancers be harmful?

  • 00:27:11

    Pharmaceutical research and nutraceutical research

  • 00:28:13

    Professor Stough's recent research

  • 00:30:17

    Ruthless Listener-Retention Gimmick: The Emergency Bouzouki Player


  1. Luke says:

    I would like to know the link to get the ginko that he was talking about

  2. Rhiannan Roe says:

    Hi Luke – here are some links to the products Professor Stough mentioned:



    For Gincosan, you’ll need to go to that site and enter your address details and it should point you in the right direction from there.

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