Ayahuasca in adolescence: A neuropsychological assessment

Ayahuasca in adolescence: A neuropsychological assessment

Author Doering-Silveira, Evelyn Google Scholar
Lopez, Enrique Google Scholar
Grob, Charles S. Google Scholar
Rios, Marlene Dobkin de Google Scholar
Alonso, Luisa K. Google Scholar
Tacla, Cristiane Google Scholar
Shirakawa, Itiro Google Scholar
Bertolucci, Paulo H. Google Scholar
Da Silveira, Dartiu X. Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Univ Calif Los Angeles
Harbor UCLA Med Ctr
Univ Calif Irvine
Universidade de Brasília (UnB)
Abstract The purpose of the study was to evaluate neuropsychologically adolescents who use ayahuasca in a religious context. A battery of neuropsychological tests was administered to adolescents who use ayahuasca. These subjects were compared to a matched control group of adolescents who did not use ayahuasca. The controls were matched with regards to sex, age, and education. The neuropsychological battery included tests of speeded attention, visual search, sequencing, psychomotor speed, verbal and visual abilities, memory, and mental flexibility. The statistical results for subjects from matched controls on neuropsychological measures were computed using independent t-tests. Overall, statistical findings suggested that there was no significant difference between the two groups on neuropsychological measures. Even though, the data overall supports that there was not a difference between ayahuasca users and matched controls on neuropsychological measures, further studies are necessary to support these findings.
Keywords adolescence
ayahuasca
cognition
hallucinogen
neuropsychology
religion
Language English
Date 2005-06-01
Published in Journal Of Psychoactive Drugs. San Francisco: Haight-ashbury Publ, v. 37, n. 2, p. 123-128, 2005.
ISSN 0279-1072 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Haight-ashbury Publ
Extent 123-128
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02791072.2005.10399791
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000230715700002
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/11600/44595

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