A Temporal Cognitive Model of the Influence of Methylphenidate (Ritalin) on Test Anxiety

Ilse Lelieveld, Gert Jan Storre, S. Sahand Mohammadi Ziabari*

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Abstract

This paper presents the connection between exam or test anxiety and the illicit use of Ritalin (methylphenidate). Ritalin is used by students as a cognitive enhancer and thus to increase their learning and memory abilities. However, a side effect of Ritalin has altered fear reactions to stimuli. Thus, this paper aims to gain insight in the mechanisms of Ritalin on the anxiety system. The created network visualizes the overlapping systems of Ritalin and anxiety and possible outcomes of the use of Ritalin around exam weeks. First, the exam is noticed, with the induced (normal) stress response on having this exam. The wish to increase learning abilities during exam weeks surfaces, and Ritalin is administered as a result of cognitive decision making. Finally, the model shows how Ritalin can decrease test anxiety.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication4th International Congress on Information and Communication Technology - ICICT 2019, London
EditorsXin-She Yang, Simon Sherratt, Nilanjan Dey, Amit Joshi
PublisherSpringer
Pages331-345
Number of pages15
Volume2
ISBN (Electronic)9789813293434
ISBN (Print)9789813293427
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event4th International Congress on Information and Communication Technology, ICICT 2019 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Feb 201928 Feb 2019

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume1027
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365

Conference

Conference4th International Congress on Information and Communication Technology, ICICT 2019
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period27/02/1928/02/19

Keywords

  • Affective
  • Biological
  • Caffeine
  • Cognitive
  • Integrative temporal-causal network model
  • Stress

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