Marihuana and Memory: Acquisition or Retrieval?

Science  10 Sep 1971:
Vol. 173, Issue 4001, pp. 1038-1040
DOI: 10.1126/science.173.4001.1038


Two experiments were conducted to determine the means by which marihuana affects human memory. The results of these studies indicated that marihuana did not affect retrieval of information in memory when the method of free recall was used, but did affect recognition processes such that subjects were less able to discriminate between items that had been presented previously and items that had not appeared a short time before. With respect to initial learning, marihuana was shown to affect acquisition processes involved in the storage of information.

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