Accession Number : AD0635947

Title :   DRUG EFFECTS UPON PERFORMANCE UNDER TASK-INDUCED STRESS.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.

Corporate Author : INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH STATE COLLEGE PA DIV OF PSYCHOBIOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : HURST, Paul M. ; Weidner,Marianna F.

Report Date : JAN 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : An experiment was performed to test the interaction between drug/placebo effects and incentive conditions under task-induced stress. Sixty-three student volunteers served in a factorially designed experiment varying level of incentive, drug condition, and placebo condition (whether or not the subject was led to believe he had received a drug). All active drugs were given in disguised form. These included d-amphetamine sulfate (10 mg.), CHLORDIAZEPOXIDE HCL (10 mg.), and methylphenidate HCL (10 mg.). Neither the incentive nor the 'placebo condition' factor had a significant effect upon performance. D-amphetamine showed a significant superiority to other drug conditions early in the session. Most of this superiority derived from the ''high stress'' condition. Mood effects were also noted. Results were interpreted as favoring a mood-related component in performance enhancement rather than the psychoanalytic factor. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PSYCHOTROPIC AGENTS, *BEHAVIOR), STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY), PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), TRANQUILIZERS, CNS STIMULANTS, AMINES, SULFATES, PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN)

Subject Categories : Pharmacology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE