Memory for motivational events using vape-delivered nicotine

 

Lab rotation project description

 

This lab rotation will involve:

 

    • training on use of eye-tracking hardware and software
    • recruitment of vape-using participants
    • experimental measurements of participants’ (anticipated) bias toward computer presented images of vape-related stimuli (reference made to control images with similar visual characteristics but lacking relationship to vape) anticipated that gaze biases that have been reported in tobacco users will be evident in vape users too

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Linked PhD Project Outline

Our hypothesis is that vape users will show adaptive behaviour toward vape-paired stimuli.

Demonstration of associative learning (Pavlovian conditioning) in vape users. One novel flavour will be paired with nicotine and a second novel flavour will be vaped but will be paired with lower strength nicotine. Behavioural differences in response to the high and low dose flavours will indicate learning.

Measures of responses to vape flavours may include a subjective report of nicotine craving, heartrate changes; galvanic skill conductance changes and EEG. Visual analogues of the procedure will pair unflavoured vape-delivered nicotine with one novel computer-presented image and a control image with a lower nicotine dose. Measures of responses to images will include those for vape flavours and also biases in looking toward nicotine-paired images over control images.

 

 

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Doctoral Training Programme

The University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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