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The variable nature of cognitive control in a university sample of young adult drinkers

Sharma, Dinkar (2016) The variable nature of cognitive control in a university sample of young adult drinkers. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 47 (3). pp. 118-123. ISSN 0021-9029. (doi:10.1111/jasp.12416) (KAR id:57880)

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The current study investigates the effect of task-irrelevant alcohol distractors on cognitive control and its interaction with heavy/light drinking in a group of young adult drinkers. It was hypothesised that alcohol distractors would result in a reduction of proactive control (reduced conflict adaptation) especially in heavy drinkers. 60 participants took part in a face-word version of the Stroop task preceded by an alcohol or neutral image. Light drinkers only showed a congruency effect which indicated a greater level of proactive control. Heavy drinkers showed a greater level of reactive control in which the conflict adaptation effect occurred with neutral images but not with alcohol images. Possible explanations are discussed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/jasp.12416
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Depositing User: Dinkar Sharma
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2016 09:26 UTC
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2019 11:26 UTC
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