Date of Award
Master of Science
James G Murphy
Episodic Future Thinking (EFT), an exercise that involves cognitive simulation of the future, has demonstrated proximal effects on measures of impulsivity and alcohol demand. However, few studies have investigated EFT's potential to reduce alcohol use outside the lab. This study piloted an academic goal-relevant (A-EFT) intervention for heavy drinking college students. Forty-five heavy drinking undergraduated were randomized to complete a brief A-EFT intervention, or control task. Recruiment rates supported the feasibility of our approach; interest and scheduling rates were high, and booter and follow-up completion rates were good. Participants assigned to A-EFT increased the amount of time spent studying in the evening compared to students assinged to control. Within-group analyses revealed significant decreases in alcohol demand and alcohol consumption, and an increase in protective drinking strategies in the A-EFT group. The current study supports the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of an A-EFT intervention for college student heavy drinkers.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Voss, Andrew Timothy, "Episodic Future Thinking as a Brief Alcohol Intervention for Heavy Drinking College Students: A Pilot Feasibility Study" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2067.