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3.3 HEALTH SCIENCES, Health policy and services, Public and environmental health
Despite an increased understanding of nicotine addiction, there is a scarcity of research comparing the neural correlates of non-drug reward between smokers and ex-smokers. Long-term changes in reward-related brain functioning for non-drug incentives may elucidate patterns of functioning that potentially contribute to ongoing smoking behaviour in current smokers. Similarly, examining the effects of previous chronic nicotine exposure during a period of extended abstinence may reveal whether there are neural correlates responsible for non-drug reward processing that are different from current smokers.
Nester, L. et al. (2018)Smokers and ex-smokers have shared differences in the neural substrates for potential monetary gains and losses, ADDICTION BIOLOGY, 23 (1):369-378; 10.1111/adb.12484 JAN 2018
https://doi.org/10.1111/adb.12484 JAN 2018