Language and memory inhibitory processes in chronic and recreational stimulant users; Novel Psychoactive Drugs; illicit drugs use trends; drug use and interpersonal violence in recreational contexts; triangulation and mix-methods.
Manuel J. Ruiz M.Sc. Ph.D. is a researcher at the University of Granada in Spain and former researcher at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. He received training at the Scientific Division of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) in Lisbon, Portugal. He also works as a cognitive psychology researcher at and the Mind, Brain and Behaviour Research Centre CIMCYC in Granada (Spain) and he belongs to the Research Group: Memory and Language. His interests are focused on the cognitive impairment caused by the abuse of stimulant drugs, namely cocaine and khat, and he is interested in memory and language processes, Novel Psychoactive drugs use trends, and drug use and interpersonal violence in youngsters’ recreational settings. He has participated in funded projects and he serves to the scientific community in the organization of scientific congresses and holding reviewer and editorial positions at international scientific journals.