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dc.contributor.authorAporosa, S. 'Apo'en_NZ
dc.date.accessioned2019-08-20T20:31:20Z
dc.date.available2019en_NZ
dc.date.available2019-08-20T20:31:20Z
dc.date.issued2019en_NZ
dc.identifier.citationAporosa, S. ‘Apo’. (2019). Cognitive functions associated with consumption of traditional volumes of kava (Piper methysticum): A feasibility study. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 33(8).en
dc.identifier.issn0269-8811en_NZ
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10289/12792
dc.description.abstractKava (Piper methysticum) is a traditional and culturally significant Pacific Island beverage, which contains active compounds called kavalactones that produce soporific relaxant effects similar to Benzodiazepine (Sarris et al, 2012, Human Psychopharmacology Clinical and Experimental, 27:262-9). Traditional kava drinkers frequently exceed the pharmacologically recommended amount of ≤300mg of kavalactones/day by 30 times (Aporosa & Tomlinson, 2014, Anthropologica, 56:163-75). Little is known about cognitive function at this high consumption rate. With Pacific peoples in New Zealand over represented in motor vehicle accidents, Police suspect traditional kava use may be a contributing factor. Previous research (Aporosa, 2017, Journal of Psychopharmacology, 31[8], A84) used an industry standard measure of drug driving to examine cognitive functions of kava users in a naturalistic setting. The industry standard measure revealed no statistical differences in cognitive functioning between kava users and control participants, despite observation of slowed movement and slurred speech by the kava users. Consequently, with full study utility as a goal, the feasibility of using a new psychometric measure of cognitive functioning – the Brain Gauge (BG) – was examined in a naturalistic setting.
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dc.publisherSAGE Publicationsen_NZ
dc.rightsPublished in the Abstract Supplement to the Journal of Psychopharmacology 33(8). © 2019 Sage. Used with permission.
dc.titleCognitive functions associated with consumption of traditional volumes of kava (Piper methysticum): A feasibility studyen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.relation.isPartOfJournal of Psychopharmacologyen_NZ
pubs.elements-id240167
pubs.issue8en_NZ
pubs.volume33en_NZ


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