Ritalin reduced impulsive responses and increased the amount of time willing to stay on task of Rhesus monkeys in a study from the University of Wisconsin. At the dosages required to significantly achieve these effects, however, learning and memory became impaired. Results will appear in an upcoming Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.
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