Independently critical since 2005

Stephan Schleim is Associate Professor of Theoretical Psychology at the University of Groningen and author of different books on philosophy, psychology, and the neurosciences. He carried out several research projects on the theory and ethics of neuroscience. Focus of his research are the conditions under which scientific knowledge is created and communicated to the public.

Contact via email: academia at schleim dot info (university), otherwise stephan at schleim dot info

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For Free: New Report on Brain Doping

Who hasn’t heard of brain doping (neuroenhancement)? Media reported that some 20 to 30 percent of students are using prescription stimulants when learning for exams. Are such reports accurate? And what do we know about the effects of amphetamine, Ritalin, or microdosing? Will you miss something when you don’t join this trend? Or is it nothing but the next hype? This new report summarizes 15 years of research and is available for free.

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Authentity or Success?

Many people experience pressure to be successful. Yet, many successes depend on competitions where only few can be the winners; actually, they regularly create many more losers than winners. This may motivate some to interpret rules leniently, to engage in cheating or acts close to it. In other words, they are trading authenticity for success. My students started asking me for my view on the performance society many years ago. This essay gives my answer. (Including an FAQ section at the end.)

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New Perspectives on Mental Health

The number of diagnosed mental disorders keeps rising. Depression now counts as one of the biggest – if not the biggest – health problems globally. Yet, experts disagree on how to explain the rising numbers. What is behind these disorders? What can we learn from their history? And who is to decide on what is “normal” and what a “disorder” that should be treated? Two new eBooks investigate into these backgrounds.

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