Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

Preferred Name - First Author

Owens, Kathleen

Date of Award

Summer 2016

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department

Department of Psychology

Advisor(s)

Jessica Irons, Ph. D.

Abstract

There is copious research investigating the effect of environmental cues on the maintenance of drug behavior in animals, but sparse data exist with regard to humans. In our study, we examined 6 dependent cigarette smokers from James Madison University. We paid participants to use novel lighters that served as audible/tactile cues. After 2 weeks, participants returned to the lab satiated with nicotine for their testing session in which they were presented with the same cue and immediately completed a multiple-choice procedure (MCP) that measured their preferences by offering choices regarding money or the ability to take a cigarette break. Results showed no significant relationship between cue presentation and choice preference across the three conditions until current craving state was withheld as a covariate.

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