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The effects of nicotine upon memory and problem solving performance

By M.P. Dunne, D. Macdonald and L.R. Hartley


This study examined the effects of 4 mg nicotine and placebo upon problem solving performance in word and number tasks, and subsequent recall and recognition of the answers to these problems. The results demonstrated that the drug had no effect upon the subject's ability to generate the correct answers to the problems, but that immediate and delayed recall and recognition were significantly impaired. These data clearly do not support the view that nicotine, without exception, enhances information processing, and it was suggested that the effects of nicotine upon information retrieval may be specific to tasks which assess episodic memory in the absence of retrieval cues or a problem solving context

Publisher: 'Elsevier BV'
Year: 1986
DOI identifier: 10.1016/s0031-9384(86)80003-8
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