Everyday and prospective memory deficits in ecstasy/polydrug users

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Hadjiefthyvoulou, F., Fisk, John E, Montgomery, Catharine and Bridges, Nikola 2010. Everyday and prospective memory deficits in ecstasy/polydrug users. Journal of Psychopharmacology. 25 (4), pp. 453-464.
AuthorsHadjiefthyvoulou, F., Fisk, John E, Montgomery, Catharine and Bridges, Nikola
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.

JournalJournal of Psychopharmacology
Journal citation25 (4), pp. 453-464
ISSN0269-8811
Year2010
PublisherSAGE Publications for British Association for Psychopharmacology
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1177/0269881109359101
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1177/0269881109359101
Publication dates
Online01 Feb 2010
Publication process dates
Deposited07 Nov 2018
Copyright informationHadjiefthyvoulou, Florentia and Fisk, John E and Montgomery, Catharine and Bridges, Nikola (2011) ‘Everyday and prospective memory deficits in ecstasy/polydrug users’, Journal of Psychopharmacology, 25(4), pp. 453-464. © 2010 The authors. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269881109359101.
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