Can Drugs Affect Our Memory

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Can drugs affect our memory? Haley groves 11/4/13 Psych 101 Professor Thompson Abstract The most commonly addictive drugs used today include: heroin, morphine, alcohol, and barbiturates (depressants that slow down the brains functions); and cocaine, nicotine and marijuana (all stimulants that excite the brain; overflowing it with higher dopamine levels). These drugs, when used, mix with the chemicals already in our brain causing an overflow of chemical reactions that lead to changes in thought, memory, emotions and movement. The most common chemicals linked to addictions are among dopamine, serotonin, GABA and norepinephrine. Can these drugs be related to false memories? According to research psychologist, Elizabeth Loftus, in a recent study, 25% of individuals repeatedly shown that they can be easily tricked into remembering something that never happened but feels so realistic. Not only can drugs mess with our memory, but certain experiences we encounter can arouse our memory and cause it to repeat the feeling of that memory with a certain picture, sound, etc. Manuscript The brain is the main organ of addiction. When people use drugs they damage their brain and do not care because of the affects that the drugs have on them. They feel relaxed or wide awake or everything seems to be slower. Most addicts know what it does to them but continue to abuse them because the brain cannot function without it. Drugs have chemicals that react to natural hormones and other chemicals we already have in our brains. The drugs cause an overflow of neurotransmitters in the brain boosting certain moods caused by natural chemicals like dopamine and serotonin. With stimulants, the overflow of dopamine neurotransmitters causes the body to feel good, kind of relaxed but awake at the same time. It is an overall euphoric feeling. The opposite is true with

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