Title page for ETD etd-03252005-165703

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Patterson, Scott Michael
Author's Email Address spatte3@lsu.edu
URN etd-03252005-165703
Title Relationships among Performance on Simulated Tasks of Decision-Making, Positive Outcome Expectancies for MDMA, and Age of First MDMA Use
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Amy L. Copeland Committee Chair
Mary Lou Kelley Committee Member
William Drew Gouvier Committee Member
  • MDMA
  • outcome expectancies
  • decision-making
Date of Defense 2005-03-17
Availability unrestricted
The purpose of this study was to examine relationships among 3,4-methylendioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) use patterns and beliefs, the Gambling Task, the delay discounting task, and the Adult Self-Report (ASR). Sixty-eight college students completed measures of substance use, social desirability, the MDMA Beliefs Questionnaire (MDMA-BQ), the Gambling Task, the delay discounting task, and the ASR. Contrary to predictions, participants who had used MDMA at least once did not vary from those who had never used MDMA on the Gambling Task, the delay discounting task, or the ASR. As predicted, MDMA users’ outcome expectancies for MDMA significantly differed from non-users. MDMA-BQ scales and age of first MDMA use were not correlated with Gambling Task, delay discounting task, or ASR scores. No relationships were found among Gambling Task, delay discounting task, and ASR scores.
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