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Does memory priming during anesthesia matter?

Andrade, J. (2005) Does memory priming during anesthesia matter? Anesthesiology, 103 (5). pp. 919-920. ISSN 0003-3022

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Abstract

This editorial argues that there is evidence for memory priming during adequate anaesthesia, and that research in the field of social cognition suggests that such priming may have important behavioural consequences. Comments made in the operating room about a patient's prognosis, appearance or state of consciousness could exacerbate their existing anxieties about the operation, themselves or the anaesthetic and may contribute to postoperative anxiety, depression and insomnia.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2005 American Society of Anesthesiologists, Inc. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Journal's pdf, used with permission
Keywords: anaesthesia, anesthesia, memory, learning, surgery, priming, awareness
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Science (Sheffield) > Department of Psychology (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Jackie Andrade
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2006
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2014 06:35
Published Version: http://www.anesthesiology.org/
Status: Published
Refereed: No
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/928

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