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Effects of working memory training on smoking-related behaviours in daily cigarette smokers

The Department of Psychology needs volunteers for a research project to examine the effects of working memory training on daily smokers.

What's involved

Details about the study.

This study tests the effects of a computer-based training task on smoking-related behaviours. The training task has been designed to improve working memory, which is a type of memory that helps us complete tasks by helping us hold information while performing the task. This study will help us to better understand the relationship between nicotine withdrawal and working memory.

We need volunteers to help us carry out the study. If you decide to participate, you'll be asked to attend one session in which you'll complete some questionnaires and computerised tasks.


To take part, participants should:

  • smoke at least 10 manufactured cigarettes or 15 roll-ups per day
  • smoke within one hour of waking
  • not be using any nicotine replacement therapies or actively trying to give up smoking recently

What will I be doing?

Eligible participants will attend the study site twice. The first session will last approximately 90 minutes. You should not smoke for 12 hours before the test session (i.e. overnight), and this will be tested with a breathalyser. It is important that you do not use any smoking cessation remedies such as nicotine patches or gums during this time period.

When you leave this session you will be given a smoking diary to complete for 24 hours. After 24 hours you'll return to the study site to return the diary. At this point, you'll be given final information about the study and receive your reimbursement.

Dates of the study

The study will run from 25 March 2019 to 04 March 2020.

Reimbursement and data protection

Details about what you'll get for taking part in the study and how we'll treat your data.

What participants get for taking part in the study

Participants will be reimbursed for taking part.

How personal information will be handled

You study data will be anonymised. This means it will be given an identification number and any identifying information about you removed. Therefore, it would not be possible to identify you by name from any aspect of documentation or reporting for this research study.

At the end of the study, your anonymised data will become “open data”. This means that it will be stored in an online database so that it's publicly available.

Contact us

Please get in touch if you'd like to take part

Relevant ethics approval information

This study has received full ethical approval from the Psychology Department Ethics Committee at the University of Bath (Ethics code:17-054)