Geriatric Neuropsychology Laboratory

New England Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)


The Effects of Alcohol on Learning

Our lab works with abstinent alcoholics as well as those with no history of alcohol abuse to try and understand the effects of long-term alcohol abuse on learning and memory.

Participants come in for two testing sessions. They finish some questionnaires and then we would test their learning through eyeblink conditioning. Participants sit in a chair while wearing headphones and a headband. A small nozzle would puff air into their eye intermittently for about 40 minutes. It's not very forceful - just a little puff.

Participants also perform some some paper and pencil tasks in order for us to examine their abilities to learn and remember new information. There is also an optional MRI portion of the study.

For more information about this study, please contact:

Jonathan Venne by email ( ), or by phone: (857) 364-4360

or contact Arkadiy Maksimovskiy by email ( ), or by phone: (857) 364-4159