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Implicit and explicit determinants of cannabis consumption : the role of intoxication, attitude and implicit processes.

Holländer, H.M. (2014) Implicit and explicit determinants of cannabis consumption : the role of intoxication, attitude and implicit processes.

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Abstract:Cannabis consumption is still a relevant topic in public. Even though people are aware of the negative consequences of cannabis, they still make use of it. One significant reason why people do not stop using cannabis or still use it, is, that most of the consumers are not always aware of their behavior. The habits they have underlie automatic, implicit processes which cause cognitive and memorial biases. Those biases can change the reaction and attention towards typical stimulus-related cues. Furthermore the research tries to find out whether implicit bias decrease after saturation, due to the consumption of the deserved product. Next to those implicit processes, also explicit processes as attitude towards cannabis plays an important role in cannabis related behavior. The research includes participants who make regular use of cannabis. A questionnaire was taken together with two IATs, to measure the implicit processes of the candidates. One IAT was taken before the intoxication with cannabis and one after. During this cross-sectional study it was found out that attitude plays an important role in predicting cannabis use, as well as smoking behavior and gender of the participants. There was no support to the theory that implicit processes decrease in their strength as a predictor for cannabis use after intoxication. Even though this research did not show enough proof to relate implicit processes with cannabis use, it does give a lot if hints regarding future research on cannabis related topics and new ways of thinking.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/65737
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