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Susan L. Ames, Ingmar H. A. Franken & Kate Coronges

In: Handbook of Implicit Cognition and Addiction

Chapter 23: Implicit Cognition and Drugs of Abuse

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Implicit Cognition and Drugs of Abuse
Implicit cognition and drugs of abuse

Abstract: This chapter focuses on a review of paradigms used in the study of drug-related spontaneously activated cognitions. The assessment methods reviewed in this chapter have roots in associative learning principles, with associative strength being a key determinant of information processing expressed as attentional and memory biases. Findings from word association methods as well as associative assessments that utilize reaction-time paradigms (e.g., semantic priming, Implicit Association Test (IAT), modified Stroop, visual dot-probe, and flicker paradigms) to evaluate relatively automatic drug-related cognitions are presented. Many of these paradigms are applicable to prevention programs interested in evaluating change in spontaneously activated drug-related cognitions in response to an intervention.


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