Examining brain responses linked to emotion in individuals who smoke cigarettes
The goal of this study is to measure emotional and brain responses related to the motivation to smoke cigarettes. The study uses a method called functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, which is a research method for measuring activity in the brain. The study also involves measuring moment-to-moment changes in emotion by coding facial expressions. A primary goal of the project is to examine how changes in brain activity are related to changes in emotion over time. If successful, the project will help to demonstrate the usefulness of combining fMRI and facial coding to study cigarette smoking and other harmful behaviors.
There will be two in-person visits. Brain imaging scans (using functional magnetic resonance imaging) will be completed at one of these visits.
Must smoke cigarettes each day
Must be right handed
Must be fluent English speaker
Must be willing to abstain from smoking for 12 hours during the study
Must not currently have significant cardiovascular or respiratory disease
Must not be claustrophobic