Paying for alcohol with cognition: really a profitable business?
Menizibeya O. Welcome,
Belarusian State Medical University, Belarus
Deadline for abstract submission:
25 Nov 2013
Deadline for full article submission:
31 Dec 2013
Alcohol is a pleiotropic substance with multiple effects. Alcohol is one of the most frequently used drugs in the world. Alcohol misuse may affect all systems of an organism, but the nervous system remains one of the most vulnerable. However, it is not exactly clear how alcohol affects different aspects of brain functions in various groups of people. The paucity of information on the mechanisms and processes of how this psychotic substance affects cognition is one contributing factor. Cognitive functions represent an integral part of higher integrative brain functions that enable an organism to carry out higher-level activities.
Although there have been reports on some positive effects of alcohol, other reports show huge negative effects. These controversies have lingered for decades. While some authors have described these controversies in the light of individual, population, gender, genetic, age, and physiological differences, alternatively there could be more complex interactions among these indices such as intra-cellular, intra-genetic. We hope to gather articles from a wide range of authors throughout the world as regards to the effects of alcohol use on cognitive functions and the recent developments in this area of research.
The aim of this Frontiers Research Topic is to provide a forum for researchers to contribute investigations employing behavioral, electrophysiological, neuroimaging, and other techniques. We welcome original investigations, reviews, methods, case studies or theories/hypotheses that help in understanding of the cognitive processes or changes associated with alcohol use.