Accession Number:

AD0262541

Title:

THE EFFECT OF CAFFEINE AND NICOTINE AS TENSION-INDUCING AGENTS AND THE ABILITY OF MEPROBAMATE TO COUNTERACT SUCH EFFECTS UPON PERFORMANCE

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KANSAS UNIV LAWRENCE SCHOOL OF PHARMACY

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Report Date:

1961-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

1.0

Abstract:

The effects of nicotine, as four cigarettes prior to testing, caffeine 300 mg., meprobamate 400 mg. and combinations of these one and one-half hours before testing appeared to be quite variable in several performance tests. These tests included tracking, manual dexterity with pins and collars and screws, Whipple steadiness, nonsense syllables, and arithmetic sums. Although statistical evaluations were not performed, it was likely that nicotine alone induced a performance decrement with the tracking test. Because of the wide variance of individual performances the results of the remaining tests are open to question. There is suggestive evidence, however, to indicate that caffeine and nicotine do induce increased tension, but that some individuals and some tests may be improved rather than deteriorated by this tension. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE