, Volume 76, Issue 3, pp 291–293 | Cite as

Anxiety, diazepam and retrieval from semantic memory

  • L. R. Hartley
  • J. Spencer
  • J. Williamson
Original Investigations


Diazepam, an anxiolytic, was administered to 16 undergraduate volunteers in a double-blind design. Eight subjects were selected to be high in State and Trait anxiety and were slow in recall on a semantic memory task compared to non-anxious subjects. Instead of alleviating this detrimental effect of anxiety on memory, diazepam slowed recall in both the anxious and non-anxious.

Key words

Diazepam Anxiety Semantic memory 


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© Springer-Verlag 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. R. Hartley
    • 1
  • J. Spencer
    • 2
  • J. Williamson
    • 1
  1. 1.Murdoch UniversityMurdoch
  2. 2.Heathcote HospitalApplecross

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