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Liliya Mironova
Doping for Students: Practices of Using "Smart Drugs"
Sociology
(Bachelor’s programme)
2019
This paper examines the practices of addressing cognitive stimulants (so-called "smart drugs") in the academic environment as a coping strategy driven by academic-specific sources of stress, and the ethical attitudes of students towards these practices.

The motives that lead students to turn to cognitive stimulants are mainly related to the need to solve academic problems - the preparation of written papers, projects, preparation for exams - in a limited time frame, which may be caused by both organizational features of the educational process and difficulties in organizing their time by the students themselves. The need to perform a large amount of work in a limited time creates emotional tension, which is an additional source of stress. Thus, the practice of appealing to cognitive stimuli can be classified as a mixed coping strategy aimed at both the actual solution of problems associated with mental stress - i.e., the performance of tasks, and to combat the emotional component of stress.

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