Much of modern neurological medicine has focused on treating an already diseased brain, essentially to mitigate any shortcomings that prevent normal thinking, behavior, or action. In contrast, cognitive enhancement is focused on improving a healthy and normal brain. Cognitive enhancement includes augmentation, diminishment, and optimization. Brain augmentation increases the brain’s capability for normal processes beyond what is necessary for maintaining proper health. Diminishment decreases the brain capacity for certain processes that negatively impact task performance. Optimization balances overall brain activity, ensuring it remains flexible and adaptive to a changing environment. The two main methods for cognitive enhancement are through the use of pharmaceutical agents and neural stimulation. These methods alter the flow of neurotransmitters, thereby stimulating and depressing certain neural pathways to achieve their intended effect. The potential for future technologies is vast, though ethical concerns should also be considered as humans are made more capable.
This special issue will discuss many topics in cognitive enhancement including augmentation, diminishment, and optimization. We will cover various methods for cognitive enhancement including pharmaceuticals, stimulation, and brain-computer interfaces. We will also cover the physiology and mechanisms behind cognitive enhancement, the history of cognitive enhancement, current state of the art, and future directions in this field.
Prof. Dr. Newton Howard
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