Date Thesis Awarded

5-2011

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Science (BS)

Department

Neuroscience

Advisor

Cheryl L. Dickter

Committee Member

Catherine A. Forestell

Committee Member

Cynthia Battie

Abstract

Previous research examining implicit affective responses to smoking cues has been inconsistent and generally did not differentiate between smoking groups or control for withdrawal. In the current study, the affect misattribution procedure was used to study differences in implicit affective responses to smoking cues between smoking groups. Undergraduate smokers were divided into non-daily (less than 5 cigarettes per day) and daily smokers (greater than five cigarettes per day). All participants refrained from smoking for 12 hours prior to the study, and half were allowed to smoke immediately prior to the study. In support of the hypotheses, results indicated that daily smokers responded more positively to smoking cues than to control cues, while non-daily smokers showed no preference towards smoking or control cues. Contrary to hypotheses, withdrawal did not affect AMP responses. This may have occurred because participants who were not allowed to smoke did not appear to experience withdrawal. The data suggest that implicit affective biases towards smoking cues may differ between smoking groups. Implications for smoking cessation techniques and directions for future research are discussed.

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Comments

Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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