Attentional Training for Smoking Cessation Via Handheld Device or Personal Computer
Information source: Boston University
Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on February 07, 2013
Link to the current ClinicalTrials.gov record.
Condition(s) targeted: Smoking
Intervention: Attention bias modification task (Behavioral); Control Condition (Behavioral)
Sponsored by: Boston University
Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Samantha Moshier, MA, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Boston University
Several studies indicate that cigarette smokers show an attentional bias for
cigarette-related cues, meaning that they more quickly detect and attend to and have more
difficulty disengaging in cigarette-related information than neutral information. This bias
is associated with craving and relapse following attempts to quit. This experiment will
examine whether a computerized attentional training procedure will successfully reduce
attentional bias towards smoking cues and reduce craving in regular cigarette smokers. The
attentional training will be administered in a novel format in which participants complete
5-minute long training sessions 3 times per day and can complete the trainings via home
computer or handheld device such as the iPhone, Android phone, or iPod touch. A baseline
assessment in the laboratory will measure attentional bias to smoking cues and craving
following smoking cue exposure. Participants will then be randomly assigned to either the
active training condition or a control condition. In both conditions, participants will be
asked to complete brief training sessions 3 times daily for one week using their personal
computer or handheld device. Following one week of training, participants will return to the
lab for endpoint assessment of attentional bias and craving. The investigators hypothesize
that compared to the control condition, the active training condition will significantly
reduce attentional bias toward smoking related cues and cue-induced cigarette craving.
Official title: Attentional Training for Smoking Cessation Via Handheld Device or Personal Computer
Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator), Primary Purpose: Treatment
Brief Questionnaire of Smoking Urges (QSU-Brief)
Attentional Bias Scores
Minimum age: 18 Years.
Maximum age: N/A.
1. Age 18-65.
2. Familiarity with a computer keyboard and mouse.
3. Must own a iPhone, iPod Touch, or Google Android-based phone (such as the Droid or
Nexus One) or have regular access to the Internet via personal computer.
4. Current regular smoker, as defined by self-reported use of at least 1 year and a
current average of at least 10 cigarettes smoked per day.
1. Individuals with current suicidality (determined by a score of 2 or 3 on item 9 of the
Beck Depression Inventory given following consent) will be excluded from further
Locations and Contacts
Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, United States; Recruiting
Samantha Moshier, MA, Phone: 617-353-9610, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Starting date: September 2011
Last updated: October 22, 2011