Alleviating Smoking-Related Cognitive Deficits: A Concurrent tDCS/fMRI

Project Details

Description

Smoking cessation is hindered by difficulties in emotion regulation. This study, funded by the University of Roehampton, uses concurrent brain stimulation (transcranial direct current stimulation) and neuroimaging (functional magnetic resonance imaging) to alleviate these difficulties and thus render smokers more able to quit.

Layman's description

Smoking cessation is hindered by difficulties in emotion regulation. This study, funded by the University of Roehampton, uses concurrent brain stimulation (transcranial direct current stimulation) and neuroimaging (functional magnetic resonance imaging) to alleviate these difficulties and thus render smokers more able to quit.

Key findings

So far, we have found that tDCS of the left prefrontal cortex (PFC) improves emotion regulation abilities, alters connectivity between the PFC and amygdala and helps smokers to smoke fewer cigarettes per day following stimulation.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date1/04/2231/08/24