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Cognitive Enhancement

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Attention for Chapter 14: Non-pharmacological Approaches to Cognitive Enhancement
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#6 of 500)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (97th percentile)

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1 blog


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Chapter title
Non-pharmacological Approaches to Cognitive Enhancement
Chapter number 14
Book title
Cognitive Enhancement
Published in
Handbook of experimental pharmacology, January 2015
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-16522-6_14
Pubmed ID
Book ISBNs
978-3-31-916521-9, 978-3-31-916522-6

Áine M. Kelly, Kelly, Áine M.


Pharmaceuticals and medical devices hold the promise of enhancing brain function, not only of those suffering from neurodevelopmental, neuropsychiatric or neurodegenerative illnesses, but also of healthy individuals. However, a number of lifestyle interventions are proven cognitive enhancers, improving attention, problem solving, reasoning, learning and memory or even mood. Several of these interventions, such as physical exercise, cognitive, mental and social stimulation, may be described as environmental enrichments of varying types. Use of these non-pharmacological cognitive enhancers circumvents some of the ethical considerations associated with pharmaceutical or technological cognitive enhancement, being low in cost, available to the general population and presenting low risk to health and well-being. In this chapter, there will be particular focus on the effects of exercise and enrichment on learning and memory and the evidence supporting their efficacy in humans and in animal models will be described.

Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 2%
Italy 1 2%
Unknown 45 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 10 21%
Student > Ph. D. Student 7 15%
Student > Master 6 13%
Researcher 5 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 3 6%
Other 10 21%
Unknown 6 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 12 26%
Neuroscience 11 23%
Medicine and Dentistry 7 15%
Sports and Recreations 3 6%
Nursing and Health Professions 2 4%
Other 4 9%
Unknown 8 17%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 110. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 26 November 2020.
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So far Altmetric has tracked 500 research outputs from this source. They typically receive a little more attention than average, with a mean Attention Score of 6.9. This one has done particularly well, scoring higher than 98% of its peers.
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