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Researchers discover contraception affects the memory. NEWS IN BRIEF: Women who take the contraceptive pill remember things differently to those who do not, according to a new study from the University of California, Irvine. Researchers found the pill changes the balance of hormones and could affect the way memories are stored. The experiment invited two groups of women to watch two films, one containing content that is more emotional. One group took the contraceptive pill; the other did not. Scientists measured levels of the hormone Norepinephrine and eye movement while the groups watched.

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Researchers discover contraception affects the memory

Published on Wednesday, 24th August, 2011 at 16:51 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

NEWS IN BRIEF: Women who take the contraceptive pill remember things differently to those who do not, according to a new study from the University of California, Irvine.

Contraceptive pills
Contraceptive pills
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Researchers found the pill changes the balance of hormones and could affect the way memories are stored.

The experiment invited two groups of women to watch two films, one containing content that is more emotional. One group took the contraceptive pill; the other did not. Scientists measured levels of the hormone Norepinephrine and eye movement while the groups watched.

A week after viewing the films, the women were asked to recall as much information from them f as they could. Both groups of women were able to talk more easily about the details of the emotional film.

Researchers discovered the measurements of eye movement they had taken during the screening of the films seemed to suggest that both groups of women had different impressions of the film. Those on the pill seemed to remember more of the plot whereas those not taking the contraceptive seemed to remember details.

The study however has been met with criticism. One Norwegian researcher says other factors were not considered, for example the women could have been at different points in their menstrual cycle.

Professor of Gynaecology and obstetrics at the University of Oslo Britt-Ingjerd Nesheim also has doubts about the study.

“For example, it could be that women who use the contraceptive pill are a slightly different group of people to those who don’t. We certainly don’t know”, she says to NRK. “We don’t know so much about what the pill does with our emotional lives, neither do I believe that many people have studied how they can affect memory.”



Published on Wednesday, 24th August, 2011 at 16:51 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

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