Attentional bias retraining in cigarette smokers attempting smoking cessation (ARTS): Study protocol for a double blind randomised controlled trial

Rachna Begh, Marcus R Munafò, Saul Shiffman, Stuart G Ferguson, Linda Nichols, Mohammed A Mohammed, Roger L Holder, Stephen Sutton, Paul Aveyard

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Abstract

Smokers attend preferentially to cigarettes and other smoking-related cues in the environment, in what is known as an attentional bias. There is evidence that attentional bias may contribute to craving and failure to stop smoking. Attentional retraining procedures have been used in laboratory studies to train smokers to reduce attentional bias, although these procedures have not been applied in smoking cessation programmes. This trial will examine the efficacy of multiple sessions of attentional retraining on attentional bias, craving, and abstinence in smokers attempting cessation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1176
JournalBMC Public Health
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2013

Structured keywords

  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Tobacco and Alcohol

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