Compensated Smoking
Research Studies
Yale University researchers are parterning with daily cigarette smokers to investigate the effects of smoking on the brain.
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Able to Conduct
PET & MRI scan
Daily Cigarette Smoker
18 - 55 Years Old
Fast Facts
About this research study:
Researchers hope to help you gain a better scientific understanding of quitting smoking and relapse in daily smokers.
Today, 14% of the population in the United States smokes cigarettes. Many would like to quit and some quit and end up relapsing. Addiction to cigarettes is a massive health care expediture for our country, accounting for 138 billion dollars. We need to understand more about smoking and the effects on our brain.

The purpose of our research is to study the brain reactions in daily smokers. We also want to investigate the effects of smoking on men and women and their ability to quit smoking. We will use brain imaging (PET and MRI) to determine what causes a greater chance of relapse to smoke and to identify differences in brain activation between men and women while they are smoking a cigarette.
Additional Information
Why is this study being done?
Researchers hope to gain a better scientific understanding of smoking cessation and relapse in daily smokers.
Is this study for me?
You may qualify for this study if you meet the following criteria.

Eligibility Criteria:
  • Aged 18-55
  • Healthy smoker who has been smoking for at least one year
  • Able to read and write English
  • No history of Bipolar, Schizophrenia, or Borderline Personality Disorder
What will happen if I participate in the study?
After agreeing to participate in this research, you will conduct multiple studies at our facilities. You will be asked to undergo PET and MRI scanning. You may also receive study medications over the course of your time in our research.
Will I be paid for being in this research study?
Compensation is provided for participation in this study (up to $2,175).
Will it cost me anything to participate in this study?
There is no cost for you to participate in our research program.