Patterns of memory dysfunction in current and 2-year abstinent MDMA users

Ward, Jeff, Hall, Kate and Haslam, Catherine 2006, Patterns of memory dysfunction in current and 2-year abstinent MDMA users, Journal of clinical and experimental neuropsychology, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 306-324, doi: 10.1080/13803390490918174.

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Title Patterns of memory dysfunction in current and 2-year abstinent MDMA users
Author(s) Ward, Jeff
Hall, KateORCID iD for Hall, Kate
Haslam, Catherine
Journal name Journal of clinical and experimental neuropsychology
Volume number 28
Issue number 3
Start page 306
End page 324
Total pages 19
Publisher Psychology Press
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2006
ISSN 1380-3395
Summary The popular recreational drug MDMA or “ecstasy” is a selective serotonin neurotoxin in many species and has been found to be associated with memory dysfunction in human beings. Recent studies suggest that this impairment persists after cessation of use for periods up to at least one year. However, there is no clear indication as yet concerning which stage of memory processing is impaired as a result of MDMA use. In the current study, 31 current MDMA users and 30 MDMA users who had been abstinent for more than two years were compared with 30 controls on the WMS-III. The results suggest that MDMA use is associated with memory dysfunction and that this dysfunction persists for up to two years after cessation of use. Importantly, the findings suggest that this memory dysfunction may be due to interference at the encoding stage of memory processing.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13803390490918174
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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