Nicotine usage is associated with elevated processing speed, spatial working memory, and visual learning performance in youth at ultrahigh-risk for psychosis

Tina Gupta*, Vijay A. Mittal

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Research has stressed a link between nicotine and cognition in schizophrenia but this has not been examined in youth at ultrahigh-risk (UHR) for psychosis. A total of 35 UHR and 32 control participants were assessed for naturalistic nicotine-use and administered a cognitive battery. Smoking was reported more frequently in the UHR group (46%) than controls (22%). Frequent smoking was associated with elevated cognitive performance in the UHR group, highlighting a need for experimental investigations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)687-690
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatry Research
Volume220
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 15 2014

Keywords

  • Cognition
  • Nicotine
  • Prodrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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