Nature Survey on Cognitive Enhancers

January 31, 2008

We had a prior discussion on cognitive performance doping led by the BM on the old site. This was sparked by a Nature commentary which followed a prior editorial.
Nature now has a web poll going asking you to opine on cognitive enhancers. From Retrospectacle:

Brenden Maher at Nature emailed me this morning to clue me in on an anonymous survey that their editors are doing on the topic of cognitive enhancers (a spawn of the commentary piece on the same subject a few weeks back.)
If you’d like to take the survey, check it out here.

2 Responses to “Nature Survey on Cognitive Enhancers”

  1. Casey Says:

    It isn’t a great survey. They ask a question about all the cognitive enhancers you are or have ever taken, and then later ask a question which presumes you’ve only ever taken one, and asks you with what frequency you took (or are taking) that one enhancer. So if you are currently drinking 2 cups of coffee daily for cognitive enhancement, but also took acute doses pseudoephedrin to help with those late-night study sessions in grad school, you wouldn’t know which of these very different drug use patterns to report in the follow-on question (at least I didn’t).


  2. DrugMonkey Says:

    I hope you noted your objections to the survey methodology in the comment box, I did.
    This is something I never understand about people that want to throw up an obviously flawed survey. By the end, all anyone is thinking about is how insultingly flawed it was and how (in some cases) obvious the intended result is.
    Of course, the first time you heard someone described as a “Republican” or “Democratic” political pollster you likely lost all faith in “polling” anyway. What’s the matter with just being an “Accurate” pollster…


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