List of potential cognitive enhancement methods


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Participants in the Singularity Summit 2011 workshops held on October 17-18 brainstormed a list of cognitive enhancement methods they would like to see tested — some of them for the first time, many of them more thoroughly than has been done so far. Here is that list:

  • rationality instruction
  • potassium and nutrients/micronutrients in general
  • modafinil and its class
  • racetam class, adderall, riatlin
  • paleo and other popular diets
  • multigenerational embryo selection
  • particular TMS interventions
  • doing math or logic problems every day
  • amount of sleep 
  • neurofeedback; EEG, etc.
  • physical health, specific types of exercise, yoga
  • more red blood cells
  • certain types of electrical stimulation
  • spaced repetition
  • practicing visualization
  • practicing chess and Go
  • dual n-back training
  • prolonged sensory deprivation
  • experience manipulating physical objects (craftsmanship and engineering)
  • listening to music actively (and engaging with other art forms actively)
  • using specific visual languages for specific tasks
  • happiness in general (gratitude, etc.)
  • changing the oxygen content of what you're breathing
  • gene expression levels
  • operant conditioning
  • irradiation or administration of other toxins
  • lucid dreaming
  • GHB
  • intermittent fasting
  • creatine
  • nicotine, caffeine
  • arterial glucose drip to get more sugar to the brain
  • Ekman training
  • steroids