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Drinking and future thinking: acute effects of alcohol on prospective memory and future simulation

Paraskevaides, T; Morgan, CJA; Leitz, JR; Bisby, JA; Rendell, PG; Curran, HV; (2010) Drinking and future thinking: acute effects of alcohol on prospective memory and future simulation. Psychopharmacology , 208 (2) 301 - 308. 10.1007/s00213-009-1731-0.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: It has recently been shown that acute alcohol globally impairs ‘prospective memory’ (PM)—remembering to do something in the future (Leitz et al. in Psychopharmacology 205:379–387, 2009). In healthy, sober individuals, simulating future events at encoding enhances PM performance. AIMS: We therefore aimed to determine if future event simulation could attenuate the impairing effects of acute alcohol on PM. METHODS: Using a double-blind independent group design, 32 healthy volunteers were administered a 0.6-g/kg dose of ethanol or matched placebo. PM performance was assessed using a behavioural task, the ‘Virtual Week’, which was adapted to enable future event simulation in both remote and recent contexts. Episodic memory was indexed with a source memory task and planning with the Tower of London task. RESULTS: We replicated the finding of Leitz et al. that acute alcohol consumption impairs prospective memory for event-based tasks. Future event simulation significantly improved PM performance on these tasks and eliminated the PM deficit caused by acute alcohol consumption. CONCLUSIONS: This is the first evidence that future event simulation can overcome alcohol-induced deficits in prospective memory and may have important clinical implications for the rehabilitation of chronic alcohol users.

Type: Article
Title: Drinking and future thinking: acute effects of alcohol on prospective memory and future simulation
DOI: 10.1007/s00213-009-1731-0
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00213-009-1731-0
Language: English
Keywords: Alcohol, Prospective Memory, Episodic Future Thinking, Future Event Simulation, Context, Episodic Memory, Executive Functioning, Visual-imagery, Questionnaire, Experiences, Retention, Retrieval, Pictures, Amnesia
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology > Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/135424
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