Ritalin Increases Risk-Taking in Women


Women who were asked to play a gambling were significantly more likely to keep betting when the stakes increased if they had taken Ritalin rather than a placebo, according to a study of 40 healthy adults. The study by researcher from Denmark, the U.S. and the U.K. was published today in The Journal of Neuroscience.

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Campbell-Meikljohn, D., Simonsen, A., et al; In for a Penny, in for a Pound: Methylphenidate Reduces the Inhibitory Effect of High Stakes on Persistent Risky Choice. The Journal of Neuroscience, 2012 32(38) 13032-13038

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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].