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Enhancing social conformity with Ritalin

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Sci is at Neurotic Physiology today, talking about a study using Ritalin to enhance…social conformity. It looks like Ritalin exposure may enhance the salience (or importance) of other people’s opinions. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? I don’t know, but it is a thing. Head over and check it out.

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  1. 1. rshoff 12:38 pm 10/24/2012

    Very Orwellian. Many drugs are enforcing conformity. And the more people use them to get by in such a complicated and turbulent society the more others will have to join in. The norm is becoming very bland.

    Some people do need psychotropic drugs to survive, but at the point the masses are prescribed psychotropic drugs we should be ask ourselves if it’s not society that needs an RX instead. We are at that point.

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