CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS TO ASSIST IN ECSTASY RESEARCH
University is calling for volunteers to take part in its ongoing
study into the effects of ecstasy on memory and other mental
processes. The University has been at the forefront of
scientific research into the effects of drug use on mental processes
such as memory since 2000. Contributions by Edge Hill researchers to
international scientific journals and presentations to major
conferences, have contributed to a large body of evidence gathered
by universities around the world. Now, in order to continue this
research, psychologists at Edge Hill are seeking public volunteers
to help them learn more about the effects of the drug.
Principal investigator, Dr Philip Murphy explains:- “There is
still much we have to learn about the effects of drugs such as
ecstasy and cannabis. For example, although we know that ecstasy
impairs some aspects of memory performance, we still do not know how
long these impairments may persist after use of the drug has been
stopped. With calls to revise drug laws on the basis of the
potential harm they can do, it is vital that our research continues.
Similarly, we need to know more about the effects of cannabis on
memory and other mental processes.”
Dr Murphy and his colleagues are looking for people between the ages
of 18 and 30 years (inclusively) who have had experience of using
both ecstasy and cannabis, or cannabis without ecstasy.
“We have an upper age limit of 30 years because beyond this,
naturally occurring changes in memory performance could confound our
results,” added Dr Murphy. “What matters for our
research is that our participants have been regular users of one or
both of these drugs, even if this was some years ago. However, we
only require our participants to have been drug free for 7 days
before we see them. It is important to note that our research
is conducted under the code of ethics of the British Psychological
Society which guarantees confidentiality to all our participants.”
Anybody interested in participating in this research at Edge Hill
University should contact Dr Murphy in the Department of Social and
Psychological Sciences directly on 01695-584600 or by
Dr Murphy concluded:- “We need to interview people briefly by
telephone or email to check that they are eligible to take part in
our research. If they are eligible we will invite them to the
University for a session at a mutually convenient time which will
take approximately 2 hours. At the end of this they will receive a
£10 supermarket voucher to thank them for their time.”
ENERGY MORTGAGE COULD CUT SOUTHPORT BILLS
households should be helped to follow the energy cutting examples of
countries like Sweden to cut around £400 off energy bills each year.
Proposals announced this week by the Liberal Democrats show that a
quarter of carbon emissions come from homes and a cut in this would
mean massive savings on fuel bills.
The Party's 'Climate Change Starts at Home' plans would set
innovative requirements for new homes that would cut fuel bills and
reduce carbon emissions. These include super insulation to
dramatically reduce heat loss and buildings designed so that most of
the windows face south to make use of the heat of the sun. The
Liberal Democrats are also proposing energy mortgages, which are a
long-term loan for energy efficiency improvements repaid through the
householder's energy bill.
Southport MEP Chris Davies, who is the party's environment spokesman
in the European Parliament, has welcomed this novel idea. He said:-
"Energy improvements often have a considerable outlay which
puts many schemes beyond the affordability of home owners. But the
new mortgage would make this more affordable and should ensure that
energy bills fall by at least as much from the reduced energy use as
it rises to pay for the improvements."
Energy suppliers will also have an increased role to play. Currently
companies are required to promote energy efficiency yet the anomaly
exists that energy companies make profits by selling more gas and
electricity. The Liberal Democrats are to break this link by
proposing a scheme for companies to maximise profits by helping
customers to become more energy efficient.
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