Piece by Piece: Making Health Connections

Smoking and Emotions Q&A

How many study appointments am I required to participate in and how long will each of them take?

This project involves two study visits, lasting approximately 90 minutes each, which are approximately 2 weeks apart.

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What is involved in this study?

Participants will help us learn about the physical effects of emotions and smoking on the body by viewing a series of pleasant and unpleasant pictures while the research team measured a variety of emotional and physical responses. We ask all participants to refrain from smoking for at least 4 hours prior to their study visits.
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What will be measured?

Skin conductance, heart rate, and facial muscle reactions will be recorded via monitors placed on the body. Participants will also be asked to breathe into a device that measures the amount of carbon monoxide in their lungs.
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Will the tests hurt?

No, the entire process is painless. Participants will wear headphones and occasionally hear a loud tone (as loud as an ipod turned halfway up or a hair dryer).
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Will participants be paid?

Yes. At the end of each lab visit, participants will receive $75. If participants complete the two study appointments within two weeks, they will receive an additional $20 bonus.
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What about transportation to the meetings?

The research lab is housed on UIC's campus in the Behavioral Sciences Building. Research staff will provide a parking voucher for participants who drive to campus and park in lot 9 (at the northeast corner of Harrison and Morgan streets). Travel/parking directions will be provided when the appointment is scheduled.
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Will anyone know whether I participated in this study and if I smoked in the lab?

No. Only the research staff will know if you participate or if you decline to participate. The research staff will not share your smoking status or whether or not you smoked during your lab visit.
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