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November 21, 2013

Brain, Behavior, and Cancer Seminar Series

Date: November 21, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Hillman Cancer Center, Cooper Classroom C

Event Type: Professional Event
Speaker: Michael Sayette, Ph.D.
Lecture Title: Self-Regulation Failure and Smoking: A Multimodal Analysis of Cigarette Cravings

Abstract: 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.

Contact: Dolores Oliver
E-mail: oliverdo@upmc.edu
URL: http://www.upci.upmc.edu/PDF/events/BBC_20131121.pdf