Friday, August 06, 2010

Smokers' brains show subtle changes

Researchers from Yale University have been studying the brains of people trying to give up smoking. The participants in the study were using cognitive therapy to try and give up, a treatment which stresses the long-term benefits of not smoking. The participants showed increased activity in the prefrontal cortex - an area associated with cognitive control and rational thought - and decreased activity in the striatum, a part of the brain associated with drug-craving and reward-seeking behaviour.

You can find out more about this research by clicking on the title of this post.

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