Title page for ETD etd-04142004-115227

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Rash, Carla J.
Author's Email Address crash1@lsu.edu
URN etd-04142004-115227
Title State-Specific Effects of Withdrawal in Smokers
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Amy Copeland Committee Chair
Jason Hicks Committee Member
Mary Kelley Committee Member
  • physiological reactivity
  • state-dependent learning
  • recall
Date of Defense 2004-05-21
Availability unrestricted
Comparisons of responses to a free-recall task were made in withdrawal and non-withdrawal states of 41 smokers. A 2 x 2 design was used to investigate state-specific learning effects in smokers during nicotine withdrawal using a list of 20 common words. Nicotine withdrawal was defined as a minimum of 12 hours abstinence from smoking. Physiological measures of heart rate and blood pressure were examined for drug-compensatory responses. No significant decreases in physiological responding were found. Additionally, no interaction was found between reported urge and withdrawal. The primary hypothesis regarding state-specific effects on recall was not supported. These findings are to be interpreted with caution, as sample-size was not sufficient to detect differences among groups.
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