AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 27, Number 1, 2018

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Belief About Nicotine Satisfies Cravings, Affects Brain Activity, Researchers Say

Virginia Tech, University of Texas at Dallas scientists shed light on belief-drug interactions

Craving relief may depend on the belief of satisfaction than actual relief. Researchers found that participants failed to satisfy their craving by simply smoking a nicotine cigarette. The participants had to actually believe that the cigarette contained nicotine. “We expected the presence of nicotine to show some sort of craving response compared to conditions where the subjects did not receive nicotine despite the belief about the nicotine given, but that was not what we found,” said Read Montague, co-author of the study, director of the Human Neuroimaging Laboratory and the Computational Psychiatry Unit at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. To read more, click here.

Calendar/Courses

Second International Brain Mapping Course
April 26-27, 2018; New Orleans

Surgical Approaches to Skull Base
April 26-28, 2018; St. Louis, MO

2018 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting
April 28-May 2, 2018; New Orleans

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