Navigation Links
Smoking Scenes in Movies Light Up Smokers' Brains
Date:1/19/2011

TUESDAY, Jan. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Seeing a character in a movie light up a cigarette triggers smokers' brains to plan the same motions, new research shows.

In the study, functional MRI was used to monitor brain activity in 17 smokers and 17 nonsmokers as they watched movie scenes that featured smoking. When they saw those scenes, the smokers' brains showed increased activity in areas involved in movement of the hand they use to smoke.

The researchers, led by senior investigator Todd Heatherton of Dartmouth College, published their findings in the Jan. 19 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.

"Our findings support prior studies that show smokers who exit a movie that had images of smoking are more likely to crave a cigarette, compared with ones who watched a movie without them," Heatherton said in a news release from the Society for Neuroscience.

"More work is needed to show whether brain activity in response to movie smoking predicts relapse for a smoker trying to quit," he added.

The researchers noted that smokers are often advised to avoid other smokers and to remove smoking paraphernalia from their homes, but they may not think to avoid seeing a movie that includes scenes of smoking.

It's long been known that visual cues can cause drug cravings, said Scott Huettel, a Duke University expert in the neuroscience of decision making, who was not involved in the study.

"This finding builds upon the growing body of evidence that addiction may be reinforced not just by drugs themselves but by images and other experiences associated with those drugs," Huettel said in the news release.

More information

The American Cancer Society offers a guide to quitting smoking.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Society for Neuroscience, news release, Jan. 18, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. New Report: $1 Cigarette Tax Increase Would Raise $418.8 Million for Texas and Cut Youth Smoking
2. New Report: $1 Cigarette Tax Increase Would Raise $18.6 Million for Montana and Cut Youth Smoking
3. New Report: $1 Cigarette Tax Increase Would Raise $24.8 Million for Wyoming and Cut Youth Smoking
4. New Report: $1 Cigarette Tax Increase Would Raise $43.3 Million for Utah and Cut Youth Smoking
5. New Report: $1 Cigarette Tax Increase Would Raise $113.9 Million for Colorado and Cut Youth Smoking
6. New Report: $1 Cigarette Tax Increase Would Raise $65.3 Million for Iowa and Cut Youth Smoking
7. Quitting smoking especially difficult for select groups
8. New intervention helps Latino parents of asthmatic children quit smoking
9. Warning: Immigrating to North America may foster smoking in children
10. VIDEO from Medialink and American Lung Association: Dont Quit on Your Resolution to Quit Smoking!
11. Smoking significantly increases risk of aneurysm in people with certain genes
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Smoking Scenes in Movies Light Up Smokers' Brains 
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... August 18, 2017 , ... With over 16,000 active ... hormone replacement therapy and integrative medicine, has become a frontrunner for people seeking ... as menopause, andropause, thyroid disorder and adrenal insufficiencies. , Founded in 2003 ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... CA & CARMEL, IN (PRWEB) , ... August 18, 2017 , ... ... on its 36th annual list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private ... been included in the exclusive Inc. 5000 ranking . This year’s ranking reflects ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... , ... August 18, 2017 , ... “Dangerous Inheritance”: a ... author, Diane Winters. Diane is from Southwest Nebraska where she was raised on ... and family. The story is fictional, but the friendships and mantra of ‘neighbors ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... August 18, 2017 , ... “Depressed: Super Heroes of ... readers to reflect upon the stories and the relevance these tales may have on ... author, Jessica Linhart, a former special education teacher, Jessica spends much of her time ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... , ... “Prompted By Love”: a love story thrown into doubt by untimely ... Author Mary P. Nettles has devoted her life to ministry since the age of ... to write was, however, not fulfilled until 2014 when "The Color of Roses" was ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/17/2017)... CAESAREA, Israel , August 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... digital health Company with mobile health and big ... securities purchase agreements with domestic and non-U.S. investors ... common stock and shares of the Company,s newly ... private placement offerings. The Company expects to conduct ...
(Date:8/15/2017)... , Aug. 15, 2017  Axium Pharmaceuticals Inc., the creator of the ... be in the beginning stages of an IPO. ... medications with the average cost of a prescription epilepsy drug being $450.00-$1200.00 ... AXIUM PHARMACEUTICALS, ... Another staggering figure is the fact that Americans ...
(Date:8/11/2017)... DarioHealth Corp. (NASDAQ: DRIO), a leading global ... solutions, today announced that it will release its second ... a conference call at 9:00am ET. The Company will ... and its strategy and outlook for the remainder of ... Raphael , Chief Executive Officer, and Zvi Ben-David ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: