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Everyday and prospective memory deficits in ecstasy/polydrug users

Hadjiefthyvoulou, F and Fisk, JE and Montgomery, C and Bridges, N (2011) Everyday and prospective memory deficits in ecstasy/polydrug users. JOURNAL OF PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY, 25 (4). pp. 453-464. ISSN 0269-8811

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Abstract

The impact of ecstasy/polydrug use on real-world memory (i.e. everyday memory, cognitive failures and prospective memory [PM]) was investigated in a sample of 42 ecstasy/polydrug users and 31 non-ecstasy users. Laboratory-based PM tasks were administered along with self-reported measures of PM to test whether any ecstasy/polydrug-related impairment on the different aspects of PM was present. Self-reported measures of everyday memory and cognitive failures were also administered. Ecstasy/polydrug associated deficits were observed on both laboratory and self-reported measures of PM and everyday memory. The present study extends previous research by demonstrating that deficits in PM are real and cannot be simply attributed to self-misperceptions. The deficits observed reflect some general capacity underpinning both time- and event-based PM contexts and are not task specific. Among this group of ecstasy/polydrug users recreational use of cocaine was also prominently associated with PM deficits. Further research might explore the differential effects of individual illicit drugs on real-world memory.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 11 Medical And Health Sciences, 17 Psychology And Cognitive Sciences
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD
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Date Deposited: 15 May 2015 09:57
Last Modified: 15 May 2015 09:57
DOI or Identification number: 10.1177/0269881109359101
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1089

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