Sensory imagery in craving : from cognitive psychology to new treatments for addiction

Andrade, Jackie, May, Jon, & Kavanagh, David J. (2012) Sensory imagery in craving : from cognitive psychology to new treatments for addiction. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 3(2), pp. 127-145.

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Abstract

Sensory imagery is a powerful tool for inducing craving because it is a key component of the cognitive system that underpins human motivation. The role of sensory imagery in motivation is explained by Elaborated Intrusion (EI) theory. Imagery plays an important role in motivation because it conveys the emotional qualities of the desired event, mimicking anticipated pleasure or relief, and continual elaboration of the imagery ensures that the target stays in mind. We argue that craving is a conscious state, intervening between unconscious triggers and consumption, and summarise evidence that interfering with sensory imagery can weaken cravings. We argue that treatments for addiction can be enhanced by the application of EI theory to maintain motivation, and assist in the management of craving in high-risk situations.

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ID Code: 56763
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Craving, Substance use disorder, Mental imagery, Elaborated Intrusion theory, Functional Decision Making, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, working memory, implementation intentions, drug dependence
DOI: 10.5127/jep.024611
ISSN: 2043-8087
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Textrum Ltd
Deposited On: 01 Feb 2013 01:22
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2013 05:38

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