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.