Behavioral Interventions to Target Self-Control
Laura Carim Todd
This study investigates the impact of (1) Health and Wellness Education, (2) Yoga and (3) Exercise on self-control in the context of nicotine addiction. Results will be used to inform and create future smoking cessation treatments in order to increase recovery rates.
Female and male adults between 18 and 75 years of age.
In good general health
Fluent reading and speaking English
Possess a high school degree
18 - 75
Healthy Volunteers Needed
Duration of Participation
Participation in the study entails two morning visits to OHSU scheduled one week apart and daily home activities.
• Visit 1 is ~3 hours and includes assessment of general health and smoking history, a pregnancy test (if female), confidential drug testing for research purposes only, heart rate monitoring, saliva and breath samples, questionnaires, computer tasks, and randomization to one of three behavioral interventions (Health and Wellness Education, Yoga, or Exercise)*
• Visit 2 is ~4 hours and requires abstaining from smoking for the 12 hours prior to the visit; the other activities are very similar to Visit 1
• Daily Home Practice between the visits and for the 4 weeks following Visit 2 entails watching 30-minute videos and possibly doing physical activity
*Please note that participants will not be able to choose which of the three interventions they will be assigned to for the duration of the study; however, they will receive access to all three interventions once their participation is complete.
All subjects who complete the first visit will receive $10. If they are invited and complete a second visit, participants will receive a minimum of $90, which can increase by $5 according to their performance during an abstinence reinforcement task. All payments will be prorated at a rate of $12/hour for those who do not complete the second session. Participants will also receive a $10 gift card for completing the study. The only anticipated expenses to subjects are travel costs to and from OHSU, as well as the amount of time spent participating in the experiment.