Researchers ca predict smokers chance of relapsing based on brain activity

December 3, 2014 6:37 PM

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Whether a person may or may not be able to quit smoking may depend heavily on activity in the brain's self-control center, according to a new study.

Researchers from Penn Medicine used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine the neural activity of 80 smokers seeking treatment. Participants were between ages 18 and 65, and reported smoking more than 10 cigarettes a day for more than six months.

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