Amazing Potential Meets Hidden Dangers
The film Limitless, about a protagonist who must deal with newfound supermental powers, raises some interesting themes of interest to psychologists and the general public. Mary Spiers, in her review of the film, reflects on the film's core theme by discussing the current trends and research in neuroenhancement, in which drugs are used or studied as methods for improving cognitive performance. Addiction and physical and psychological side effects loom large with these drugs, yet uncharted self-improvement and societal change hold an irresistible allure for many.
What would you suggest are the ethical parameters for the use of such medications? Should a line be drawn with such medications? What are the hidden, potential dangers of pursuing neuroenhancement? In your future practice, a client will likely be speaking to you about similar medications; how might you provide a balanced point of view to help him or her arrive at a useful decision?
By Mary V. Spiers
PsycCRITIQUES, 2011 Vol 56(31)