Several new studies just dissolved the notion that Adderall-induced study binges were what led you to the promised land of a passable GPA. It turns out that while ADHD medication does help its users boost concentration and improve short-term memory, it doesn’t sharpen students’ grades. In the long-run, students who used (and abused) the drugs scored roughly the same as those who didn’t.
Researchers found that the immediate infusion of pills like Adderall help initially by clamping down on bothersome ticks, like not being to sit still, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to channel all that focus into studying. Rather, it’s the outside effects, like family encouragement or a scholarship, that make you get to work.
The Wall Street Journal writes:
Together, these findings suggest that medication alone isn’t enough to improve academic performance. The medicine may help with focus, but it doesn’t help with deciding what to focus on, experts say. Rather, it needs to be coupled with skills training, such as learning how to organize or prioritize.
Still think we should write a thank you letter to the inventor of Adderall for helping us pass Comm Law, ya know, just to be safe.
(H/T The Verge)