Nicotine Enhances Alerting, but not Executive, Attention in Smokers and Nonsmokers

Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 05/18/2012

The acute administration of intranasal nicotine improved alerting attention in nonsmokers as measured by the Continuous Performance Test, and in smokers as measured by the Rapid Serial Visual Presentation. Understanding the elements of attention enhanced by nicotine might guide the development of novel medications for tobacco dependence.

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