Accession Number : AD1013414

Title :   Attention Training in Smokers: A Feasibility Study of an Ecological Momentary Assessment Approach

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Uniformed Services University Of The Health Sciences Bethesda United States

Personal Author(s) : Kerst,William F

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Report Date : 04 Jan 2011

Pagination or Media Count : 109

Abstract : Attention retraining (AR) is a novel potential treatment for tobacco dependence. AR trains smokers to attend away from smoking cues. Ordinarily AR has been delivered in the lab. We tested the feasibility of delivering AR on a PDA in the field. Smokers (N=12) were randomly assigned to an AR group or control (no training) group. They carried around a PDA for one week. They were prompted to complete 4 assessments per day, including 3 AR (AR group) or control tasks (control group). One PDA malfunctioned. Participants completed 196 of 255 (77%) of presented assessments. Training assessments lasted 10.27 minutes on average. Participants reported that they were not interrupted on the majority (69.4%) of assessments. The data suggested that AR appeared to have the intended effect on attention. This pilot study is the first to show that it is feasible to deliver cognitive training on a PDA in ecologically valid settings.

Descriptors :   health , training , pilot studies , human behavior , THERAPY , SMOKING (TOBACCO) , DRUG ADDICTION , feasibility studies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE