In colleges abuse of ritalin, or any of the newer AD/HD medications within the similar family of stimulants, is quite common. The belief is that it will assist those without AD/HD when studying, or in completion of major projects/homework.
Have any studies been done as to rather use of these drugs by individuals without AD/HD actually increases ability to study and/or complete assignments? This is to say is the ability to retain knowledge and complete tasks increased when taking ritalin, or similar medications, for those without AD/HD.
I'm looking only at short term affects, not any long term detrimental affects that may come from abuse.