“Effects of long-term benzodiazepine use on decision-making and social cognition”

The main goal of the present project is to explore the changes associated with long-term use of benzodiazepines in social cognition and decision-making, using behavioral and neurophysiological measures.

The prolonged use of benzodiazepines, often prescribed for complaints such as anxiety, depression, insomnia and ordinary life stresses, has become a widely-disseminated phenomenon and has been linked to deficits in cognitive domains.

The project will bring novel information essential for alerting health professionals and the general population to the effects of long-term use of benzodiazepines, promoting a conscious use of such drugs.