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.
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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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Craving, Substance use disorder, Mental imagery, Elaborated Intrusion theory, Functional Decision Making, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, working memory, implementation intentions, drug dependence|
|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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