How cognitive enhancement can change our duties

Filippo Santoni de Sio, Nadira Faulmüller, Nicole A. Vincent

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

40 Citations (Scopus)


This theoretical paper draws the scientific community's attention to how pharmacological cognitive enhancement may impact on society and law. Namely, if safe, reliable, and effective techniques to enhance mental performance are eventually developed, then this may under some circumstances impose new duties onto people in high-responsibility professions-e.g., surgeons or pilots-to use such substances to minimize risks of adverse outcomes or to increase the likelihood of good outcomes. By discussing this topic, we also hope to encourage scientists to bring their expertise to bear on this current public debate.

Original languageEnglish
Article number131
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalFrontiers in Systems Neuroscience
Issue numberJULY
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Cognitive enhancement
  • Ethics
  • Law
  • Mental capacity
  • Methylphenidate
  • Modafinil
  • Neuroenhancement
  • Professional duties


Dive into the research topics of 'How cognitive enhancement can change our duties'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this