Scientists identify brain regions that may predict success rate for quitting smoking

December 3, 2014 3:49 PM

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Scientists identify brain regions that may predict success rate for quitting smoking

Activity in the brain’s self-control center may predict the chance of relapse after an attempt to quit smoking, according to new research from Penn Medicine.

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), researchers studied 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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