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Cognitive Neuroscience

Although cue-exposure paradigms are frequently used, little work has focused specifically on of the impact of individuals’ differences in response to laboratory cues in spite of the universal agreement among researchers that variability exists and that craving plays a role in maintaining the addiction. The long-term goal of our group is to determine how differences in cue-elicit behavior correspond to treatment outcomes and warrant unique treatment needs. In addition, our projects acquire preliminary fMRI to examine the underlying neurobiological consequences of cue-elicit behavior during drug dependence.


  • Understanding cue-elicit behavior in Opiate Dependence: A Pilot Study Using fMRI
  • Understanding Drug Craving and Control in Cocaine Dependence: A Pilot Study Using fMRI