Ecstasy (MDMA) and memory function: a meta‐analytic update

@article{Laws2007EcstasyA,
  title={Ecstasy (MDMA) and memory function: a meta‐analytic update},
  author={Keith R. Laws and Joy Kokkalis},
  journal={Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental},
  year={2007},
  volume={22}
}
  • K. Laws, Joy Kokkalis
  • Published 1 August 2007
  • Psychology
  • Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental
A meta‐analysis was conducted to examine the impact of recreational ecstasy use on short‐term memory (STM), long‐term memory (LTM), verbal and visual memory. We located 26 studies containing memory data for ecstasy and non‐ecstasy users from which effect sizes could be derived. The analyses provided measures of STM and LTM in 610 and 439 ecstasy users and revealed moderate‐to‐large effect sizes (Cohen's d) of d = −0.63 and d = −0.87, respectively. The difference between STM versus LTM was non… 
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