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article imageDoing cocaine stops you from recognizing people's emotions

By Owen Weldon     Aug 31, 2015 in Lifestyle
New research shows that a single dose of cocaine can interfere with a person's ability to recognize other people's emotions.
The research shows that cocaine can damage social awareness, as well as preventing users from processing negative feelings, including sadness, anger and irritation.
The project's lead researcher, Dr Kim Kuypers, said that this was the first study to take a look at the short-term effect of cocaine on emotions. Kuypers continued to say that the study revealed that just a single dose of the drug can interfere with a person's ability to recognize negative emotions, and this may hinder a person's ability to interact in a social situation.
The placebo-controlled study, which was conducted by researchers from Germany and the Netherlands, took 24 students between the ages 19-27 with light to moderate cocaine use. The students received either a placebo or 300 mg of oral cocaine.
After 1-2 hours, each student underwent biochemical testing, as well as a facial emotion recognition test in order to measure response to emotions such as disgust, happiness, sadness, fear and anger.
The students on cocaine found it difficult to recognize negative emotions. When it came to recognizing anger and sadness, the group on cocaine performed 10 percent worse than during placebo.
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