Brain, Behavior, and Cancer Seminar Series: "Self-Regulation Failure and Smoking: A Multimodal Analysis of Cigarette Cravings"

November 21, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Michael Sayette, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry University of Pittsburgh
Hillman Cancer Center, Cooper Classroom C
Dolores Oliver


I will present research examining cigarette craving, a state of mind that can contribute to self-regulation failures. This work draws

upon research and methods developed both within and outside of psychology. I first will describe studies indicating how robust

manipulations of cigarette cravings alter the way that we process information pertaining to smoking a cigarette. These cognitive

shifts include changes in (a) attentional processes, (b) generation and evaluation of smoking-related information, and (c) temporal

cognition. I also will discuss diverse research examining “positive” anticipatory cravings, and consider data suggesting that smokers

when in a neutral state have little insight into the power of their future craving states. While craving has important links to

addiction, it also merits study as a universally experienced state that affect many of us on a regular basis.