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The drug MDMA ecstasy is very well known however its long term and cognitive functioning effects are not The main purpose of this study was to establish if users and previous users of MDMA exhibit impairments in more basic level cognitive processes such as working memory functioning information processing speed anxiety and arousal Wareing Fisk Murphy May 00 2 In past studies of MDMA a lot of information regarding its effects has been established yet so much more is still unclear Topics such as MDMAs relationship to arousal levels and whether the mood and cognitive functioning impairments are long term are either unstudied or virtually unknown These topics being very important it was decided that a study should be performed With these ideas in mind the experimenters focused on two main hypotheses The first included that MDMA users would be less effective in the random letter generation task This task studies a persons central executive functioning The second hypothesis was saying previous current and non-users arousal levels would differ greatly and users would have the highest anxiety levels The method the study was done was experimental 30 individuals participated in all and were divided into 3 categories users non-users and previous users Users defined as currently using MDMA non-users as never using MDMA and previous users were defined as having quit the drug for at least 6 months There were equal numbers of males and females in each of the 3 groups The independent variables in this study were the user group and previous user group This would determine the short-term effects on users and long-term effects on previous users The control variable was the group of non-users The dependent variable would be the experiments performed or more the gist of the experiments These experiments were designed to measure central executive measures background measures information processing speed arousal and anxiety The study included questionnaires oral questions and simple tasks The experiments
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