Smoking-related prospective memory deficits on the Cambridge Prospective Memory Test

Heffernan, Tom and O'Neill, Terence (2011) Smoking-related prospective memory deficits on the Cambridge Prospective Memory Test. In: 10th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry, 29 May - 3 June 2011, Prague, Czech Republic.

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To examine whether persistent smoking leads to impairments in self-reported and objective measures of prospective memory (PM: the cognitive ability to remember to carry out activities at some future point in time).

An opportunity sample of 18 existing smokers and 22 who had never smoked were compared. An existing-groups design was utilised, comparing a smoking group with a never-smoked control group as the independent factor. Scores on the subscales of the Prospective and Retrospective Memory Questionnaire (PRMQ) and scores on the Cambridge Prospective Memory Test (CAMPROMPT) constituted the dependent factors. Age, mood, other drug use, strategy scores and IQ were also measured. Each participant was tested in a laboratory setting. Self-reported PM lapses were measured using the PRMQ. The CAMPROMPT was used as an objective measure of PM. Alcohol and other drug use were assessed by a Recreational Drug Use Questionnaire. The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale gauged levels of anxiety and depression. A strategy scale measured the number of strategies used to aid memory. The National Adult Reading Test measured IQ.

After observing no between-group differences on age, mood, alcohol use, strategy use, and IQ, smokers and the never-smoked did not differ on the self-reported lapses measured on the PRMQ. However, smokers recalled significantly fewer items on the CAMPROMPT than the never-smoked group.

The results of the present study suggest that persistent smoking leads to impairments in everyday objective PM.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
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Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2012 10:17
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 16:29

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