Scientists find brain areas that help rates for quitting smoking
Activity in the brain’s self-control center may predict the chance of relapse after an attempt to quit smoking, according to new research from Penn Medicine.
Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), researchers studied the neural activity of 80 smokers seeking treatment. Participants were between ages 18 and 65, and reported smoking more than 10 cigarettes a day for more than six months.
Participants underwent two fMRI sessions: one immediately after smoking and another 24 hours after abstinence began. Researchers assessed the participants’ behavior seven days after they began trying to abstain from smoking.