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MONTEIRO, Brisa Marina de Meireles et al. Methylphenidate and cognitive enhancement in university students: a systematic review. SMAD, Rev. Eletrônica Saúde Mental Álcool Drog. (Ed. port.) [online]. 2017, vol.13, n.4, pp. 232-242. ISSN 1806-6976.

OBJECTIVE: There are a lot of information circulating through the non-scientific literature of the so called "intelligence pill", name used to designate methylphenidate. Thus, the present systematic review gathered studies about the motivations, expectations, effects and damages of the non-prescribed use of methylphenidate by university students. METHODOLOGY: Systematic review between 2008 and 2015’s years. RESULTS: It is tough to get scientific data about the real motivations for methylphenidate’s use, especially due to study’s methodological limitations. Research tools have few investigations on the use of substances for cognitive enhancement. There have been found term effects, such as keeping alert state and increasing energy levels. These findings, in association with easily medication’s access have been becoming university student’s methylphenidate use a growing practice.

Palavras-chave : Students; University; Methylphenidate; Intelligence; Cognition.

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