Nicotine, Caffeine and Social Drinking: Behaviour and Brain Function

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Often, people use nicotine, caffeine, and some level of alcohol in varying combinations at different times of the day in order to optimize their functioning and feelings of well-being, whether at work, in leisure time, or in a social context. However, until now, studies on the effects of this everyday practice have been diverse, widespread, and insufficiently summarized. Recently developed methods to study the effects in more detail have received little attention, especially among a nonscientific readership.

Nicotine, Caffeine and Social Drinking focuses readers' attention on the effects of normal, socially accepted psychoactive substances on cognitive performance and on the brain. Divided into three sections, this book studies each substance individually before examining the effects of their combined usage.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789057022180
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/1/1997
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
1 Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of Nicotine 3
2 Effects of Nicotine on Human Performance 21
3 Nicotinic and Non-Nicotinic Aspects of Smoking: Motivation and Behavioural Effects 83
4 Functional Utility of Nicotine: Arousal, Mood and Performance 115
5 Nicotine and the Situation X Trait Adaptive Response (STAR) Model: Emotional States and Information Processing 131
6 Pharmacokinetics and Metabolism of Caffeine 153
7 Caffeine and Human Performance 167
8 Caffeine and Information Processing in Man 185
9 Caffeine, Morning-Evening Type and Coffee Odour: Attention, Memory Search and Visual Event Related Potentials 201
10 Effects of Caffeine on Attention: Low Levels of Arousal 215
11 Coffee Consumption and Subjectivie Health: Interrelations with Tobacco and Alcohol 229
12 Caffeine, Nicotine and Attentional Performance 245
13 Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacogenetic Aspects of Alcohol 259
14 Acute Effects of Alcohol Revealed by Event Related Potentials 275
15 Acute and Chronic Effects of Social Drinking: Event Related Potentials and Quantified EEG 289
16 Selective Attention and Event Related Potentials in Young and Old Social Drinkers 301
17 Social Drinking, Memory and Information Processing 315
18 Limited Alcohol Consumption and Complex Task Performance 331
19 Cognition in Social Drinkers: The Interaction of Alcohol with Nicotine and Caffeine 347
20 Effects of Caffeine, Nicotine and Alcohol on Vigilance Performance 363
References 375
Subject Index 447
Author Index 453
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