Sunday, September 19, 2010

Alcoholics Overestimate Their Ability to Recall Things: Study

(HealthDay News) -- Alcoholics are unaware of their memory problems and overestimate their memory capacities, a new study finds.

French researchers investigated episodic and metamemory in alcoholics. Their findings are published online and in the November print issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

"In this study, we investigated episodic memory, which is the memory system in charge of the encoding, storage and retrieval of personally experienced events, and which is known to be impaired in chronic alcoholism," study corresponding author Anne-Pascale Le Berre, a doctoral student in neuropsychology at the Universite de Caen/Basse-Normandie in France, said in a journal news release.

The researchers also tested metamemory, which is "knowledge [that] enables us to adapt to our behavior in everyday life and to use our memory skills as efficiently as possible," Le Berre explained. Read more...

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