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Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department of Psychology
Jessica Irons, Ph. D.
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.
Owens, Kathleen R., "Examination of cue-induced nicotine withdrawal among humans" (2016). Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current. 254.