Neuroethics Publications

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

November 2006


The article discusses the drugs being used to enhance performance and to limit mental fatigue among soldiers and its repercussions. It is a known fact that amphetamines such as Dexedrine are commonly prescribed to keep pilots alert even though questions have been raised about safety. The air force is considering alternatives to amphetamines, in particular a medication that has also gained the attention of long-distance business travelers, modafinil and the ampakines.


Postprint version. Published in Scientific American Mind, Volume 17, Issue 6, December 2006, pages 66-73.

NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Jonathan D. Moreno was affiliated with the University of Virginia. Currently January 2008, he is a faculty member at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania.



Date Posted: 23 January 2008

This document has been peer reviewed.