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Ritalin Increases Awareness of Mistakes

February 27, 2012

Individuals who take Ritalin are significantly more aware of their mistakes, according to research at the University of Melbourne.

The study, led by Dr. Rob Hester from the Department of Psychological Sciences along with colleagues at the Queensland Brain Institute, evaluated how the brain monitors performance errors – specifically those of impulse control.

Researchers discovered that a single dose of methylphenidate (Ritalin) led to much stronger activity in the brain’s error monitoring network and intensified individuals’ awareness of their own mistakes.  The drug works by increasing the levels of catecholamines in the brain.

See Psych Central

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