Predicting smoking cessation outcomes from brain reward signal

A team led by CfAST investigator, Dr. Maggie Sweitzer, published a paper in the journal Psychopharmacology investigating neural predictors of smoking cessation outcomes. In their research, smokers whose brains responded less to rewards during withdrawal had worse cessation outcomes when they later tried to quit smoking. The research team included investigators at the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State University, Rowan University and the University of Florida.