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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
Keywords
  • physiological reactivity
  • state-dependent learning
  • recall
Date of Defense 2004-05-21
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
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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