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    Psychopharmacology and oculomotor control

    Long-term effects of early THC consumption

    In this field of research, we found empirical evidence for the claim that early (around onset of puberty) and regular THC users may suffer from long-term deficits of visual orientation (oculomotor control) later in life. These specific deficits are demonstrated by measuring performance in basic oculomotor tasks. Crucially, these deficits also appear to affect performance in everyday activities that necessitate efficient oculomotor control, such as reading or visual search.


    2010[ to top ]
    • Huestegge, L., Kunert, H. J., and Radach, R. (2010) Long-term effects of cannabis on oculomotor control in reading, Psychopharmacology 209, 77–84.
    2009[ to top ]
    • Huestegge, L., Radach, R., and Kunert, H. J. (2009) Long-term effects of cannabis on oculomotor function in humans, Journal of Psychopharmacology 23, 714–722.
    2006[ to top ]
    • Huestegge, L. (2006) Effekte von chronischem Cannabiskonsum mit frühem age of onset auf okulomotorische Kontrolle und visuelle Informationsverarbeitung/Effects of early chronic THC consumption on oculomotor control and visual information processing, Electronic dissertation, Universität Bielefeld.
    2002[ to top ]
    • Huestegge, L., Radach, R., Kunert, H. J., and Heller, D. (2002) Visual search in long term cannabis users with early age of onset, Progress in Brain Research 140, 377–394.