A study conducted at the University of Salamanca in Spain, researched the effects of substance abuse on Prospective Memory (PM) and ability to complete cognitive tasks. Prospective Memory is defined as “the ability we use to formulate intentions, make plans, and retain and execute them at the appropriate place or time (Arana et al., 2011).” The degree to which the substances affected PM and cognitive task abilities, depended on several factors. The factors include how early in life the individual began abusing substances, how frequently the substance was abuse, and how much of the substance was abused. The severity to which an individual partakes in these three categories will predict their decline in PM.
The three main substances that are usually looked at, tobacco, marijuana, and alcohol, all influence memory in varying ways. For example, although tobacco is stimulating to the brain and brings about alertness, tobacco users were more apt to experience mood swings and have moments where they draw blanks (Arana et al., 2011). Alcohol has a tendency to instill forgetfulness and deterioration of memory. The good news is that the brain has the ability to repair and recovery lost memories in the brain due to alcohol consumption. The brain only has this capability up to the age of 40, leaving adults at a much higher risk for permanent damage (Arana et al., 2011).
Memory and cognitive skills are a vital asset to being academically successful in today’s educational system. Being able to think critically, solve problem, and retain information is essential to meaningful learning. Adolescents who abuse substances are more at risk for lacking in these areas, and in turn, not being as successful academically.
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