Shrimps wrote:First of all, future lawyers: lex iniusta non est lex and liberty is the foundation of this country. Therefore, all drugs are legal. What is illegal is the so-called "war on drugs" our criminal government is involved in. (this conclusion is properly drawn if what is assumed?). If LSAC, a private organization, bans the use of non-prescription drugs before the test (that they own), that is a different matter. Do they?
Second, Adderall may decrease one's creativity. Cramming for a test that requires you to regurgitate huge amounts of memorized information, like college finals (bar exam?) may call for adderall. But LSAT, where a creative insight is often the difference between a mangled and a perfect logic game, the very idea that my thinking may become more rigid and structured would be reason enough to shriek in horror at the mere sight of an Adderall pill.
Remember, LSAT is not a "knowledge" exam, it's an aptitude exam that places a lot of value on insight and unorthodox approaches (especially if you're aiming for the 170's).
Read more on the possible decrease in creative thinking on Adderall if you're concerned.
"Results Adderall affected performance on the convergent tasks only, in one case enhancing it, particularly for lower-performing individuals, and in the other case enhancing it for the lower-performing and impairing it for higher-performing individuals. "(When we enhance cognition with Adderall, do we sacrifice creativity? A preliminary study )
Great post, some good information.
It would be interesting to see if anyone would be willing to take 6 PT's, 3 without adderrall alternating with 3 with adderrall (PT that have similar curves) and post the resulsts. Someone that has already taken a few practice tests and become pretty consistent. Someone who has gotten to the point where their scores don't have huge fluctuations test to test. Be very scientific about it, and record all relevant information, times, what kind of questions missed so people can analyze the patterns, and see if it really does hamper creativity, and if it does if that negative effect outweighs whatever possible positive effects there could be. Also someone who doesn't take adderrall on a regular basis, but has taken it before, and records dosages and times taking it, taken the test the same time after taking the pill, etc. It would be an interesting experiment to see.