Original Investigations


, Volume 76, Issue 3, pp 232-235

Cigarette smoking and state-dependent memory

  • Roger PetersAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, The University of Newcastle
  • , Rob McGeeAffiliated withDepartment of Paediatrics and Child Health, Medical School, University of Otago

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Two experiments were carried out to investigate whether cigarette smoking could produce state-dependent learning (SDL) in humans. The first experiment was concerned with the methodological issue of choosing an appropriate control cigarette for use in an SDL design. A low nicotine content (0.2 mg) cigarette was chosen as it did not appear to affect the physiological arousal of the subjects. In Experiment 2, it was shown that cigarette smoking can produce state-dependent memory effects. The most likely basis for the results is the arousal produced by the nicotine content of the cigarette.

Key words

State-dependent learning Cigarette smoking Nicotine Arousal