Smoking and performance — a puff-by-puff analysis

Research paper by Andrew D. Revell

Indexed on: 01 Dec '88Published on: 01 Dec '88Published in: Psychopharmacology


A new version of the Rapid Visual Information Processing (RVIP) task has been developed in this laboratory to examine the effects of each puff from a cigarette upon continuous performance. Two cigarettes were tested and compared with a not-smoking and a sham-smoking control. The results show improvements resulting from just two puffs both in terms of correct detections and reaction times. Both measures of performance were maintained at a higher level during and after smoking, compared with not-smoking and sham-smoking.