Attentional bias modification for addictive behaviours: Clinical implications

Cox, W.M. and Fadardi, J.S. and Intriligator, J. and Klinger, E. (2014) Attentional bias modification for addictive behaviours: Clinical implications. CNS Spectrums, 19 ((3)). pp. 215-224. DOI: 10.1017/S1092852914000091

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When a person has a goal of drinking alcohol or using another addictive substance, the person appears to be automatically distracted by stimuli related to the goal. Because the attentional bias might propel the person to use the substance, an intervention might help modify it. In this article, we discuss techniques that have been developed to help people overcome their attentional bias for alcohol, smoking-related stimuli, drugs, or unhealthy food. We also discuss how these techniques are being adapted for use on mobile devices. The latter would allow people with an addictive behavior to use the attentional training in privacy and as frequently as needed. The attentional training techniques discussed here appear to have several advantages. They are inexpensive, can be fun to use, and have flexibility in when, where, and how often they are used. The evidence so far also suggests that they are effective.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Health and Behavioural Sciences > School of Psychology
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 16:29
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2016 03:14
ISSN: 1092-8529
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/295
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1017/S1092852914000091
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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