Attention, learning, and personality during ketamine emergence: a pilot study

Anesth Analg. 1975 Mar-Apr;54(2):169-72.


To analyze the memory, learning, attention, and personality effects associated with emergence from partial ketamine induction, 11 resident physicians were tested. Ketamine was found to be truly dissociative in that it seemed to impair learning of and memory for unusual word associations, at least in young physicians.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anesthesia, Intravenous*
  • Attention / drug effects*
  • Humans
  • Ketamine / pharmacology*
  • Learning / drug effects*
  • Male
  • Memory / drug effects
  • Personality / drug effects*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Projective Techniques
  • Wechsler Scales


  • Ketamine