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Cannabis and alcohol abuse : subtle cognitive effects

Minehan, Damien (2000) Cannabis and alcohol abuse : subtle cognitive effects. Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

The use of both alcohol and cannabis is prevalent in Australian society. An increasing
body of research exists, which raises the possibility that certain types of drug taking
behaviours related to these substances may be linked to subtle lasting decrements in a
variety of cognitive processes. Event Related Potentials (ERPs) represent a highly
sensitive and non invasive tool to assess the processes underlying attention and
information processing. Of particular interest are the Mismatch Negativity (MMN) and
P300 components of the ERP which have been used to reveal deficits related to long-term
cannabis use and binge alcohol drinking. Evaluation of the current body of research
allows the conclusion that the use of these drugs in combination, a common behaviour,
may cause additive and synergistic deficits in cognitive functioning.

Item Type: Thesis (Coursework Master)
Keywords: Brain, Alcoholism, Alcohol, Drugs, Cannabis, Cannabis
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Copyright 2000 the Author - The University is continuing to endeavour to trace the copyright
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Thesis (M.Psych.(Clin))--University of Tasmania, 2001. Includes bibliographical references

Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2015 03:03
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2017 06:39
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