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The impact of drug use on everyday memory and attention

posted Nov 5, 2011, 7:31 PM by Chris Koch
Poster prestented at the 19th Annual Conference on Object Perception, Attention, & Memory, November 3, 2011 (Seattle, WA)

Christopher Koch1, Larry Jasper1, & Mary Kate Koch2

1George Fox University                 2Gonzaga University


Abstract: Measures of everyday memory and attention can serve as indicators of regular and persistent memory and attention errors.  The relationship between substance abuse and everyday memory and attention errors was examined in the present study.  Volunteers were solicited from Narcotics Anonymous.  Participants completed the Everyday Memory Questionnaire, the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale, the Drug Use Questionnaire (DAST-10), and a demographic questionnaire along with a short-term memory and a Stroop task.  Results show that respondents who experienced at least one blackout had significantly more memory errors and were more likely to have nonbelieved memories than respondents who had experienced no blackouts. 
Chris Koch,
Nov 5, 2011, 7:31 PM