BMBF Research group: Pharmacological Cognitive Enhancement


Full titel: Pharmacological Cognitive Enhancement – Between Planned Knowledge Transfer and Not Intended Repercussions

Project term: 01.12.2013 – 30.11.2016

Funding: Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)

Participating Researcher:

Department for Communication Studies

  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Oliver Quiring,
  • Markus Schäfer M.A.

Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (University medicine Mainz)

  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Klaus Lieb
  • Dr. Dr. Andreas G. Franke
  • Dipl.-Soz. Christiana Bagusat

Philosophical seminar

  • PD Dr. Elisabeth Hildt

Research focus:

Using the example of pharmacological cognitive enhancement (“brain doping”), this interdisciplinary research group deals with the societal knowledge transfer processes related to emerging technologies. Why do only certain research results make their way into our population? Where do users inform themselves about legal and illegal substances? What role do doctors and pharmacists play on the topic “brain doping”? And what role do mass media and journalists play? The project examines the complex transfer and mediation processes between scientists, doctors, pharmacists, journalists and the population and analyzes their social impact.