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JULY 12, 2020 – “We employed functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate cue-related activity in individuals with smartphone addiction, as defined by validated psychometric scales. Cue reactivity has been one of the most important and therapeutically relevant paradigms in addiction research for decades.”

“Cue reactivity is based on conditioning mechanisms, in which over time, salient stimuli (cues) are tightly linked to rewarding properties. Cue reactivity can trigger the execution of certain behavioral acts that over time can lead to addiction. Neural correlates of cue reactivity in other addictive disorders (e.g. alcohol use disorder) are well known, but at the time we conducted our study, nothing was known about the neural signature of cue reactivity in smartphone addiction,” Wolf said.



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