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Psychopharmacology

, Volume 96, Issue 4, pp 563–565 | Cite as

Smoking and performance — a puff-by-puff analysis

  • Andrew D. Revell
Rapid Communications

Abstract

A new version of the Rapid Visual Information Processing (RVIP) task has been developed in this laboratory to examine the effects of each puff from a cigarette upon continuous performance. Two cigarettes were tested and compared with a not-smoking and a sham-smoking control. The results show improvements resulting from just two puffs both in terms of correct detections and reaction times. Both measures of performance were maintained at a higher level during and after smoking, compared with not-smoking and sham-smoking.

Key words

Smoking Continuous performance Puff-by-puff Nicotine bolus 

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© Springer-Verlag 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew D. Revell
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of ReadingWhiteknights, ReadingUK

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