Cigarette Smoking Research Study
Stony Brook University researchers are investigating nicotine addiction in daily cigarette smokers who have a difficult time quitting.
Stony Brook University Medical Center, located in Stony Brook, NY
Compensation Provided
Daily Cigarette Smoker
Able to do
PET & MRI scan
18 - 55 Years Old
Fast Facts
About this research study:
Researchers hope to gain a better scientific understanding of nicotine addiction in daily smokers who have a difficult time quitting.
Although the rates of smoking in the US have substantially declined, approximately 20% of smokers have been unable to quit with standard therapies.

We are interested in how brain patterns are linked to daily cigarette use and how behavior, brain chemistry, and brain activity may be altered when smoking.
Additional Information
Why is this study being done?
We are conducting an imaging study to better understand how behavior, brain chemistry, and brain activity may be changed by addictive drugs.
Is this study for me?
This study is for you if you meet the following criteria.

If you are:
  • 18-55 years old
  • A fluent English speaker, for task and questionnaire completion
  • A daily cigarette smoker

If you do not meet these criteria:
  • Severe medical, neurological, or mental illness
  • Positive urine toxicology, except for cannabis
  • Medication use within 6 months affecting brain function or blood flow
  • History of head trauma with loss of consciousness exceeding 10 minutes
  • Cumulative or anticipated exposure to radiation that exceeds federally allowable limits
  • Metal in the body or other medical exclusion for brain MRI
  • Blood thinners other than aspirin
  • Pregnancy or breast-feeding in females
  • Prisoners
What will happen if I participate in the study?
Completion of this study takes approximately 2-3 days, but may involve additional days if it is in the best interest of you or the study, or if you are asked to serve as a study backup.

  • Confidential Interviews/Questionnaires
  • Physical Examination
  • Brain Imaging Sessions (Both PET and MRI)
  • Behavioral Testing
  • Smoking Choice Task
Will I be paid for being in this research study?
Total compensation will be up to $540.
Will it cost me anything to participate in this study?
There is no cost for you to participate in the study.