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The methamphetamine derivative Ecstasy is an illicit recreational drug taken by young people worldwide. When first used during the nineteeneightees, it was seen as a source of pleasure and enlightenment. However, drug related deaths soon occurred and regular users were found to develop psychological and neurocognitive problems. Parrott will commence this symposium with a historical overview, summarising both its positive and negative effects, and outlining the methodological complexities for applied research. Montgomery will review the memory and other neurocognitive deficits, and summarise recent neuroimaging findings. Bruno will outline its adverse effects on visual functioning, with abstinent Ecstasy users displaying reduced markers for serotonin in the visual cortex. Ecstasy also increases the stress hormone cortisol, with Downey noting that it may damage neuronal integrity through prolonged metabolic overactivation. In summary, while Ecstasy may cause acute mood enhancement, its regular use can lead to a range of neuropsychobiological deficits.
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