Nasal spray for memory enhancement

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14 Responses to “Nasal spray for memory enhancement”

  1. jtegnell says:

    What about cigarettes?

  2. Anonymous says:

    erm. concrete??

    in a pool of 17 (17) people, those who received the dose of IL-6 could remember more words.

    that seems to be the news.

  3. buddy66 says:

    They got any short-term stuff? The past is with me always, relentlessly.

  4. Dillenger69 says:

    I remember reading about stuff like this back when BoingBoing was in print. This is a bit more concrete than anything from 20 years ago though.

  5. Anonymous says:

    No one who really needs it would remember to use it!

  6. Trent Hawkins says:

    I’ll be depressed if they don’t name it “Jet”.

  7. Phikus says:

    It sure beats those momento tattoos. I was running out of space.

  8. retchdog says:

    @2: I think that was probably desmopressin. Never did a thing for me, although the promise and anticipation was kind of exciting. There aren’t that many shortcuts for learning, except to win the genetic and/or behavioral lottery.

  9. Gilbert Wham says:

    I tried some of those ‘Smart Drugs’ in the ’90s. Unfortunately, someone offered me some Ketamine shortly after – I said yes, so presumably the Smart Drugs hadn’t kicked in…

  10. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous: that’s a pretty reasonable size for studies like this. You can’t expect studies with thousands of subjects like you can get with the big pharmaceuticals like heart drugs etc. (Who’s going to pay for studies of enhancement properties of non-patentable products like interleukin-6?)

    Psychologists usually work with a few dozen student subjects at most, especially given that this study would’ve monopolized the sleep laboratory for days or weeks. (17 subjects, 2 nights each, 34 sleeps; if the lab has 3 rooms wired up and technicians available, then that’s 12 days to process everyone, or nearly 2 weeks.)

  11. David Pescovitz says:

    @DILLENGER69, Totally! I think I first read about the nasal spray Vasopressin’s potential use as a “smart drug” in bOING bOING too!

  12. Anonymous says:

    anyone read “next” by michael crichton? one part of the story was something about a nasal spray (containing human genes) that was changing peoples behaviour. scary stuff to me: sci-fi zapped into reality again.

  13. octopod says:

    fta “if a good night’s sleep follows”

    tbh, just get more sleep, I’ve always found a direct correlation between getting enough sleep + remembering things. probably cheaper than a nasal spray.

    @9 yeah.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Anyone seen The Road to Hong Kong?

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