"Exam drug" proved not to workNews
A prescription drug often used by students in the run up to exams and deadlines has been proven not to work after research at the University of Cambridge.
A study into the prescription drug Modafinil has been revealed to in fact make smarter students worse when it comes to exams and other forms of testing. A study run by the University of Nottingham's Malaysia campus has found that the drug, taken by up to one fifth of university students to try and approve levels of concentration and brain function, has negative effects on high achieving students.
It was reported last year that almost a quarter of undergraduates had opted to use smart drugs in the run up to the exams in their finals year. However, following a study by Research Fellow Ahmed Dahir Mohammed it was discovered that these drugs were having a negative impact on those taking them. It was discovered that while reaction times were improved, the quality of answers were not improved after the test was run on 32 people. But it was in creative and lateral thinking tasks where the smarter of the 32 testers were found to actually perform worse.
Dr Mohammed said about his survey, 'Our findings were completely opposite to the results we expected. Psycho-stimulants improve people at the lower end of the spectrum in cognition [but] impair people who are at the optimum level of cognitive function.'
One researcher, as reported in The Times, spoke about a bad experience when using Modafinil, 'I had a terrible experience with Modafinil. Yesterday at 10am, I decided to dose. By 12pm I felt noticeably more awake and I was finding my reading/notes work was improved.'
'I did notice some improved mental clarity. By 1pm I was just feeling all round very itchy. Furthermore, I was starting to feel really anxious. I went home from work at 2pm due to the crippling anxiety.'
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