An early attentional bias to BEGIN-stimuli of the smoking ritual is accompanied with mesocorticolimbic deactivations in smokers

@article{Stippekohl2012AnEA,
  title={An early attentional bias to BEGIN-stimuli of the smoking ritual is accompanied with mesocorticolimbic deactivations in smokers},
  author={Bastian Stippekohl and Bertram Walter and Markus H. Winkler and Ronald F. Mucha and Paul Pauli and Dieter Vaitl and Rudolf Stark},
  journal={Psychopharmacology},
  year={2012},
  volume={222},
  pages={593-607}
}
Biased processing of drug-associated stimuli is believed to be a crucial feature of addiction. Particularly, an attentional bias seems to contribute to the disorder's maintenance. Recent studies suggest differential effects for stimuli associated with the beginning (BEGIN-smoking-stimuli) or the terminal stage of the smoking ritual (END-smoking-stimuli… CONTINUE READING