Compensated Smoking
Research Study
Join a research study at Penn State University investigating how smoking cigarettes can affect some aspects of your life.
Visits Conducted in University Park, PA
Compensation Provided
21- 55 Years Old
Regular Smokers
Fast Facts
Able to do MRI Scan
About Our Research Study
We are inviting individuals who smoke cigarettes regularly to participate in a research study that looks at how people who smoke respond to potential rewards, such as winning money.
Participation will help researchers learn more about the factors that contribute to smoking. Note: our study is not designed to help people quit smoking.

If you choose to participate in our study, you can receive up to $100 in compensation. Click below to learn more.
Additional Information
Why is this study being done?
Researchers want to understand how people who smoke cigarettes respond to potential rewards, such as winning money. Please note that the study is not designed to help people quit smoking.
Is this study for me?
You may qualify for this study if you meet the following criteria.

Eligibility Criteria:
  • Must be 21-55 years old
  • Smoke on a daily basis
What will happen if I participate in the study?
  • You will be asked to come to the Penn State ASH Lab (located on University Park campus of Penn State University) for two visits
  • The first visit will last 1 hour and 30 minutes. During the visit, you will be asked to breathe into a small machine to verify your smoking status, fill out questionnaires on the computer, and practice what it feels like to be in an MRI scanner by being placed in an MRI simulator (or “mock scanner”).
  •  The second visit will last approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes. You will be asked to abstain from smoking and using any other nicotine products for 12 hours prior to the visit (which will be verified with a test). You will also be asked to refrain from drinking alcohol and recreational drugs for 24 hours before the visit. During the visit, you will complete questionnaires on the computer and watch videos while in an MRI scanner.
Will I be paid for being in this research study?
You can receive up to $100 for completing the study.
Will it cost me anything to participate in this study?
There is no cost for you to participate in the study.