EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL AND WHITE NOISE ON RECALL OF RELEVANT AND IRRELEVANT TASK COMPONENTS

Authors
  1. Jubis, R.M.T.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
The study examined the effects of arousal, induced by alcohol and white noise, on the free recall of intentionally learned words and incidentally learned word-locations, in the presence or absence of word-order cues. The Activation-Deactivation Adjective Check List, a self-report measure of arousal, showed that noise affected the tension dimension of arousal, whereas the moderate alcohol dose primarily affected the energy dimension of arousal. That the low dose exerted an arousing effect was evidenced by an increase in tension but only when combined with noise. When word-order was randomized over trials, noise improved word-recall and counteracted the deleterious effect of the moderate alcohol dose. When order remained fixed, however, the moderate dose impaired recall, and at that dose recall was worse under noise. Location-recall was impaired by the moderate dose, and it was superior when word-order remained fixed. TRUNCATED
Report Number
DCIEM-90-P-40 — Dissertation; Reprint
Date of publication
15 Sep 1990
Number of Pages
12
Reprinted from
Perceptual and Motor Skills, vol 71, 1990, p 691-702
DSTKIM No
91-01635
CANDIS No
68839
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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