Study Analysis: 'Memory Associations Between Negative Emotions and Alcohol on the Lexical Decision Task Predict Alcohol Use in Women'

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Accelerated Learning "Memory associations between negative emotions and alcohol on the lexical decision task predict alcohol use in women" (Campos-Melady, 2012) is a report of new research that studies the relationship of negative reinforcement and alcohol use in women. This study used the Lexical Decision Task (LDT) to examine the relationship with 78 female participants using alcohol and emotion words in a questionnaire. The introduction and abstracts examine previous research, their methods, and other research literature, as well as their results relating to the negative emotional associations and alcohol consumption. This was a quantitative study, questionnaire based, using a sample population of 78 female participants over the age of 18, all native English speakers, with no history of dyslexia. The sample was ethnically diverse with a mean age of 19.4 years and no demographic variables found of any significant correlation with drinking outcomes. The measures that were used were the demographic questionnaire, The Structured Clinical Interview for the DSM-IV (used for diagnosing disorders), The Alcohol Expectancies Questionnaire-Revised, Inventory of Drinking Situations, and a Timeline Follow Back (calendar of number and types of drinks consumed each day). The primary focus of the study was to examine whether the lexical decision task could predict reported drinking behavior after two months. The major findings were that it is possible that the women did drink for

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