Ecstasy Studies

Studies

There have been over 100 scientific studies examining the effects and side-effects of Ecstasy. Fifteen in particular have studied the effects of MDMA on human memory performance.

However, not all studies are equally well-designed, especially when attempting to measure something as insubstantial and as fluctuating as memory performance. So many factors can influence the results - age, sex, education, intelligence, mood, lifestyle, fitness, sleeping pattern, diet, alcohol, drug use, even time of day.

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The best studies attempt to filter out these factors by carefully matching the Ecstasy-users with their non-Ecstasy-using 'controls'. A majority of Ecstasy studies, for example, have failed to factor out cannabis use, which has a significant effect itself on memory performance. Others have used to few subjects, or have only studied heavy users.

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Of the major studies carried out to date (April 2001) on the effects of Ecstasy on memory performance, only two - Gouzoulis-Mayfrank and Semple - are worth examining closely.

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