Chronic Cigarette Smoking and Brain Alterations (1 Hour CEU)

Chronic Cigarette Smoking Is Linked With Structural Alterations In Brain Regions Showing Acute Nicotine Drug‑Induced Functional Modulations

(1 CEU Hour)

Course Description:  Research has explored through neuroimaging the structural changes that occur with substance use. These studies have helped in identifying the altered regions in the brain and the cognitive and behavioral aspects substance use may have upon individuals.  This brief advanced course explores the link between chronic cigarette smoking and altered structures in the brain.

Course Author: Bryan Glazier, PhD, LMFT, LMHC

Course Text: Sutherland, M. T., Riedel, M. C., Flannery, J. S., Yanes, J. A., Fox, P. T., Stein, E. A., & Laird, A. R. (2016). Chronic cigarette smoking is linked with structural alterations in brain regions showing acute nicotinic drug-induced functional modulations. Behav Brain Funct, 12(1). doi:10.1186/s12993-016-0100-5

Course Goals and Objectives

  1. Identify the structural alterations in the brain that substances, specifically, cigarette smoking, may have upon the brain.
  2. Examine cognitive effects of brain structure alterations upon the individual.
  3. Explore the acute and a chronic effect cigarette smoking has upon the brain.
  4. Propose the application of neuroimaging in assisting with future addiction studies based on the impact of cigarette smoking on future brain functioning.

Course Outline

  1. The Brain Structure and Substance Use
    • White and Grey Matter
    • Regions of the Brain
    • Effects of Cigarette Smoking
  2. Cognitive Effects of Brain Structure Alternations
    • Attention
    • Cognition
    • Working memory
    • Processing speed
  3. Acute and Chronic Effects of Cigarette Smoking on the Brain
    • Structural alterations
    • Functional alterations
  4. Benefits of Neuroimaging
    • Outcomes of Neuroimaging
    • Benefits to future cigarette and other addiction research

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This course was developed from the document: Sutherland, M. T., Riedel, M. C., Flannery, J. S., Yanes, J. A., Fox, P. T., Stein, E. A., & Laird, A. R. (2016). Chronic cigarette smoking is linked with structural alterations in brain regions showing acute nicotine drug-induced functional modulations. Behav Brain Funct, 12(1). doi:10.1186/s12993-016-0100-5 used under the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://goo.gl/9lws9e).