Smart drugs: Magic bullet or cheating ourselves?

Estimates suggest 16% of university students in the UK are taking ‘smart drugs’, medication available on prescription for conditions such as Alzheimer’s, that are now being used by healthy people to enhance memory and other cognitive abilities. In this fascinating debate filmed at the Battle of Ideas Festival we learn that it isn’t just students who are popping the pills, but their lecturers, academics and Dr’s. Do they work and should we be worried about their use?  Could safe, effective ‘cosmetic neurology’ be worth having? Should it be our decision anyway? An impressive line-up of experts reveals all. The speakers are: Dr Stuart Derbyshire, Professor Andy Miah, Professor Barbara Sahakian & Professor Simon Wessely with chair Helen Birtwistle.