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Brain Cogn. 2006 Mar;60(2):118-27. Epub 2005 Dec 27.

Acute alcohol effects on repetition priming and word recognition memory with equivalent memory cues.

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  • 1Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey, 607 Allison Road, Piscataway, 08854, USA.


Acute alcohol intoxication effects on memory were examined using a recollection-based word recognition memory task and a repetition priming task of memory for the same information without explicit reference to the study context. Memory cues were equivalent across tasks; encoding was manipulated by varying the frequency of occurrence (FOC) of words in the study lists. Twenty-two female and male social drinkers (age 21-24 years) completed equivalent versions of the memory tasks in two counterbalanced sessions (alcohol challenge, no-alcohol). Alcohol and the FOC manipulation affected recollection-based memory processing, but not repetition priming. Results supported alcohol's dissociative effects on memory systems.

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