Impact of Contextual Factors and Substance Characteristics on Perspectives toward Cognitive Enhancement

Sattler S, Forlini C, Racine É, Sauer C (2013)
PLoS ONE 8(8): e71452.

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Sattler, SebastianUniBi; Forlini, Cynthia; Racine, Éric; Sauer, CarstenUniBi
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Enhancing cognitive performance with substances–especially prescription drugs–is a fiercely debated topic among scholars and in the media. The empirical basis for these discussions is limited, given that the actual nature of factors that influence the acceptability of and willingness to use cognitive enhancement substances remains unclear. In an online factorial survey, contextual and substance-specific characteristics of substances that improve academic performance were varied experimentally and presented to respondents. Students in four German universities rated their willingness to use and moral acceptance of different substances for cognitive enhancement. We found that the overall willingness to use performance enhancing substances is low. Most respondents considered the use of these substances as morally unacceptable. Situational influences such as peer pressure, policies concerning substance use, relative performance level of peers, but also characteristics of the substance, such as perceptions of substance safety, shape the willingness and acceptability of using a substance to enhance academic performance. Among the findings is evidence of a contagion effect meaning that the willingness was higher when the respondents have more CE drug users in their social network. We also found deterrence effects from strong side effects of using the substance, as well as from policy regulations and sanctions. Regulations might activate social norms against usage and sanctions can be seen as costly to users. Moreover, enhancement substances seem to be most tempting to low performers to catch up with others compared to high performers. By identifying contextual factors and substance characteristics influencing the willingness and acceptability of cognitive enhancers, policy approaches could consider these insights to better manage the use of such substances.
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2013
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PLoS ONE
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8
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8
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e71452
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1932-6203
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1932-6203
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Article Processing Charge funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the Open Access Publication Fund of Bielefeld University.
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https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2614390

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Sattler S, Forlini C, Racine É, Sauer C. Impact of Contextual Factors and Substance Characteristics on Perspectives toward Cognitive Enhancement. PLoS ONE. 2013;8(8):e71452.
Sattler, S., Forlini, C., Racine, É., & Sauer, C. (2013). Impact of Contextual Factors and Substance Characteristics on Perspectives toward Cognitive Enhancement. PLoS ONE, 8(8), e71452. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0071452
Sattler, S., Forlini, C., Racine, É., and Sauer, C. (2013). Impact of Contextual Factors and Substance Characteristics on Perspectives toward Cognitive Enhancement. PLoS ONE 8, e71452.
Sattler, S., et al., 2013. Impact of Contextual Factors and Substance Characteristics on Perspectives toward Cognitive Enhancement. PLoS ONE, 8(8), p e71452.
S. Sattler, et al., “Impact of Contextual Factors and Substance Characteristics on Perspectives toward Cognitive Enhancement”, PLoS ONE, vol. 8, 2013, pp. e71452.
Sattler, S., Forlini, C., Racine, É., Sauer, C.: Impact of Contextual Factors and Substance Characteristics on Perspectives toward Cognitive Enhancement. PLoS ONE. 8, e71452 (2013).
Sattler, Sebastian, Forlini, Cynthia, Racine, Éric, and Sauer, Carsten. “Impact of Contextual Factors and Substance Characteristics on Perspectives toward Cognitive Enhancement”. PLoS ONE 8.8 (2013): e71452.
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