Alcohol expectancy words recalled at a higher rate by heavy drinkers

Mahoney, Benjamin, Graham, Deborah, and Cottrell, David (2009) Alcohol expectancy words recalled at a higher rate by heavy drinkers. Soonchunhyang Journal of Humanities, 24. pp. 293-334.

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Abstract

It is believed that an individual `s alcohol expectancies, the anticipated effects of alcohol retained in memory, will differ in accordance with drinking experience. The focus of recent alcohol expectancy research has been on activation of alcohol expectancy memory networks for heavy drinkers, demonstrated through changes in behaviour following the presentation of implicit alcohol cues. The focus of recent alcohol expectancy research has been on activation of alcohol expectancy memory networks for heavy drinkers, demonstrated through changes in behaviour following the presentation of implicit alcohol cues. Recent alcohol expectancy research has suggested that priming a memory test word list with an alcohol beverage word (Beer) acts as an environmental cue for heavy drinkers, resulting in greater recall of embedded alcohol expectancy words. Recent alcohol expectancy research has suggested that priming a memory test word list with an alcohol beverage word (Beer) acts as an environmental cue for heavy drinkers, resulting in greater recall of embedded alcohol expectancy words. Using a memory test designed to further explore the effectiveness of alcohol word cues, the current research tested 247 American exchange students recall of embedded word themes. Using a memory test designed to further explore the effectiveness of alcohol word cues, the current research tested 247 American exchange students recall of embedded word themes. The results suggest that the sequential presentation of alcohol expectancy words in itself, regardless of the first word (prime) of the tests, provides an adequate implicit cue initiating an expectancy word recall bias for heavy drinkers. The results suggest that the sequential presentation of alcohol expectancy words in itself, regardless of the first word (prime) of the tests, provides an adequate implicit cue initiating an expectancy word recall bias for heavy drinkers.

Item ID: 9007
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: alcohol expectancy; memory; heavy drinkers; work recall
ISSN: 1738-2173
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2011 01:25
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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