Everyday and prospective memory deficits in ecstasy/polydrug users

Hadjiefthyvoulou, F., Fisk, J.E., Montgomery, C. and Bridges, N., 2011. Everyday and prospective memory deficits in ecstasy/polydrug users. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 25 (4). ISSN 1461-7285


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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: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Psychopharmacology
Creators: Hadjiefthyvoulou, F., Fisk, J.E., Montgomery, C. and Bridges, N.
Publisher: Sage on behalf of British Association for Psychopharmacology
Date: 2011
Volume: 25
Number: 4
ISSN: 1461-7285
Rights: Copyright © 2011 by British Association for Psychopharmacology
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:57
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2016 09:13
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/20659

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