Some Professors Pop Pills for an Intellectual Edge

Scientists say drugs help concentration

Professors know that some of their students pop Ritalin and other stimulants to give themselves a mental edge, but an informal survey suggests that some faculty members are also taking drugs for the express purpose of helping their careers.

In an online survey of 1,400 readers published this month, the journal Nature found that 20 percent had taken pharmaceuticals for the nonmedical purpose of improving their concentration, focus, and