Current Research Projects

Alcohol and Cigarette Dual Cues (ACDC) Study

This study is examining the ability of smoking and alcohol cues to elicit craving for both substances, and the associations between drug craving, seeking, and consumption behaviors. Using the CBUCC (Choice Behavior Under Cued Conditions) procedure, single drug cues (smoking, alcohol, neutral) and combined cues (smoking + alcohol) are presented. A central question to this investigation is whether combined drug cues enhance cue-elicited craving or the reward value of these substances in a non-additive, additive, or synergistic manner. Data analysis for this project is currently underway.

 

Impact of Cues and Abstinence in Nicotine Dependent Individuals (iCANDI)

This study is examining the effects of abstinence on the reward value of food and cigarettes. Using the CBUCC (Choice Behavior Under Cued Conditions) procedure, smokers are presented with food, drug (cigarette), and neutral cues. Craving and drug-seeking responses are measured in response to these cues under abstinence and non-abstinence conditions. Data analysis for this project is currently underway.

 

Personal Automatic Cigarette Tracker (PACT) 2.0 Study

This study is investigating the use of a novel technology for assessing cigarette smoking in the natural environment. The PACT uses data gathered from respiration and hand movements to determine when an individual is smoking a cigarette. Additional data on smoking topography and location within the environment are also collected. Data collection for this project began in fall 2017.

 

Reward Value And Preference for E-cigarettes (R-VAPE) Study
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In this study, which is Ashley’s 2nd year project, we are interested in elucidating the relationship between craving for tobacco cigarettes versus e-cigarettes and several behavioral variables. The CBUCC (Choice Behavior Under Cued Conditions) procedure is a cue reactivity procedure that assesses how valuable cigarettes are to smokers. Smokers come to the lab for one session to complete the CBUCC task and other measures of cigarette choice. Manuscript preparation is currently underway.

 

 

 

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