The aim of this paper was to present ongoing research on the social representations relating to ritalin in Brazil between 1998 and 2008. Over this period, there was a considerable increase in ritalin usage and expansion of its use to purposes other than therapeutic use. Ritalin has been used not only for treating attention disorders, but also to enhance cognitive functions in healthy individuals. The research has developed through two fields of investigation with different methodologies. In the first field, Brazilian scientific and popular publications have been investigated, with analysis on the arguments justifying ritalin usage and how scientific results are disseminated to the lay public in large-circulation newspapers. In the second field, focus groups have been used to explore the social representations that university students, students' parents and healthcare professionals have in relation to the use of ritalin for enhancing cognitive performance.
Ortega, F., Barros, D., Caliman, L., Itaborahy, C., Junqueira, L., & Ferreira, C. P. (2010). A ritalina no Brasil: Produções, discursose práticas. Interface: Communication, Health, Education, 14(34), 499–510. https://doi.org/10.1590/s1414-32832010005000003