Marijuana and Memory

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THE effects of marijuana are not consistent from subject to subject1. Any discussion of its effect on human memory (such as refs. 2 and 3) must therefore consider whether valid generalizations can be drawn from the subjects who have been examined. One way of minimizing individual differences is to use subjects as their own controls, as is done in the present study which investigates the effects of marijuana on the recall of narrative material.

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    McGlothlin, W. H., The Marihuana Papers (Signet, New York, 1968).

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    Mayor's Committee on Marihuana, The Marihuana Problem in the City of New York (1944).

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    Weil, A. T., and Zinberg, N. E., Nature, 222, 434 (1969).

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    Bartlett, F. C., Remembering (Cambridge University Press, 1932).

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    King, D. J., J. Gen. Psychol., 75, 39 (1966).

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    Siegel, S., Nonparametric Statistics (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1956).

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    Hays, W. L., Statistics for Psychologists (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York, 1963).

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ABEL, E. Marijuana and Memory. Nature 227, 1151–1152 (1970) doi:10.1038/2271151b0

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