The effects of smoking and abstinence on experience of happiness and sadness in response to positively valenced, negatively valenced, and neutral film clips

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Dawkins, L., Acaster, Sarah and Powell, Jane H. 2007. The effects of smoking and abstinence on experience of happiness and sadness in response to positively valenced, negatively valenced, and neutral film clips. Addictive Behaviors. 32 (2), pp. 425-431.
AuthorsDawkins, L., Acaster, Sarah and Powell, Jane H.
Abstract

Incentive motivation theories of addiction suggest that behavioural concomitants of compromised mesocorticolimbic reward activity during abstinence might include decreased affective reactions to natural reinforcers. This study tested implications for hedonic reactions in abstinent smokers. It was hypothesised that positively-valenced (pleasurable) film clips would elicit lower ratings of happiness in abstinent than satiated smokers. Twenty-nine smokers, randomly assigned to either an ‘abstinent’ or a ‘satiated’ condition, and fifteen non-smokers took part in a single session in which they rated i) signs and symptoms of nicotine withdrawal and ii) affective responses to positively-valenced, negatively-valenced and neutral film clips. Compared with satiated smokers, abstinent smokers rated positive clips as eliciting significantly lower levels of happiness, and this was independent of self-reported nicotine withdrawal symptoms; the scores of non-smokers fell between those of abstinent and satiated smokers, more closely approximating those of the latter. By contrast, sadness ratings in response to negative clips were not affected by smoking status, indicating that the effect on happiness was not simply due to general emotional blunting. These results suggest that, for regular smokers, stimuli that are motivationally salient for the general population may elicit reduced positive affective responses during periods of abstinence.

KeywordsSmoking; abstinence; happiness; affective responses; incentive motivation
JournalAddictive Behaviors
Journal citation32 (2), pp. 425-431
ISSN0306-4603
Year2007
Accepted author manuscript
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CC BY-ND
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2006.05.010
http://hdl.handle.net/10552/595
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PrintFeb 2007
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Deposited12 Feb 2010
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Dawkins, L. et al (2007) ‘The effects of smoking and abstinence on experience of happiness and sadness in response to positively valenced, negatively valenced, and neutral film clips,’ Addictive Behaviors 32 (2) 425-431.

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