Methamphetamine use and cognitive function: A systematic review of neuroimaging research

Sabrini, Sabrini and Wang, Grace Y. ORCID: and Lin, Joanne C. and K., Ian J. and Curley, Louise E. (2019) Methamphetamine use and cognitive function: A systematic review of neuroimaging research. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 194. pp. 75-87. ISSN 0376-8716


Background: Long-term use of MA has been associated with cognitive dysfunction in several domains. Neuroimaging studies have also reported structural, metabolic, and functional changes in MA users. However, no systematic review has been conducted on those studies in MA users that combined neuroimaging and cognitive tasks. Methods: This article systematically reviews correlation between brain imaging measures and cognitive performance in subjects with current and previous history of MA use. Findings are categorized based on cognitive domain. Results: MA users performed more poorly than controls in all cognitive domains (psychomotor, working memory, attention, cognitive control, and decision- making) and a positive correlation has been repeatedly observed between performance and brain measures (regional volume/density, blood flow, glucose metabolism, FA value, NAA level, and activation) in MA users. Performance in cognitive control was consistently reported to show relationship with brain measures in the PFC and ACC, while decision- making consistently showed correlation with brain measures in the PFC, ACC, and striatum. Conclusions: There is solid evidence for brain- behavior relationship in cognitive functioning in MA users, particularly in cognitive control and decision-making. More research with correlation analysis between brain-behavior and MA use parameters is strongly encouraged.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Date Deposited: 18 May 2022 00:10
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2022 00:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anterior cingulate cortex; Attention; Cognitive control; Cognitive function; Correlation analysis; Decision-making; Impulsivity; Magnetic resonance imaging; Memory; Methamphetamine; Positron emission tomography; Prefrontal cortex; Psychomotor; Risk; Striatum
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5202 Biological psychology > 520205 Psychopharmacology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 20 HEALTH > 2001 Clinical health > 200101 Diagnosis of human diseases and conditions
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