MCHALE, Sue and HUNT, Nigel (2008). Executive function deficits in short-term abstinent cannabis users. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental, 23 (5), 409-415.Full text not available from this repository.
Objectives - Few cognitive tasks are adequately sensitive to show the small decrements in performance in abstinent chronic cannabis users. In this series of three experiments we set out to demonstrate a variety of tasks that are sufficiently sensitive to show differences in visual memory, verbal memory, everyday memory and executive function between controls and cannabis users.
Methods - A series of three studies explored cognitive function deficits in cannabis users (phonemic verbal fluency, visual recognition and immediate and delayed recall, and prospective memory) in short-term abstinent cannabis users. Participants were selected using snowball sampling, with cannabis users being compared to a standard control group and a tobacco-use control group.
Results - The cannabis users, compared to both control groups, had deficits on verbal fluency, visual recognition, delayed visual recall, and short- and long-interval prospective memory. There were no differences for immediate visual recall.
Conclusions - These findings suggest that cannabis use leads to impaired executive function. Further research needs to explore the longer term impact of cannabis use.
|Research Institute, Centre or Group:||Psychology Research Group|
|Depositing User:||Sam Wharam|
|Date Deposited:||27 Sep 2012 10:44|
|Last Modified:||27 Sep 2012 10:44|
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