Cognitive Bias Modification To Quit Smoking
Cognitive Bias Modification (CBM) is a computer based therapy used to treat anxiety and addiction disorders. Studies show that CBM is an effective treatment option for anxiety, and there is promising, ongoing research on CBM for a variety of addiction disorders. Cognitive Bias Modification can help you quit smoking for good.
Attentional Bias plays a key role in nicotine addiction. Research has shown that smokers have an attentional bias for smoking cues - objects or behavior associated with smoking. In effect, smoking cues, such as cigarettes at a shop counter, will stand out to a smoker, triggering the urge to smoke.
Cognitive Bias Modification works by altering this harmful attentional bias. During the CBM session, 4 images will appear on the screen - 3 negative images (smoking cues) and 1 positive image (an image not associated with smoking). The user must tap the positive image as quickly as possible. Smokers will initially be drawn to the smoking cues, causing a slower reaction time. With practice, the user will learn to ignore the smoking cues and focus on the positive images. This will be reflected in a higher score, which means a quicker reaction time.
The majority of studies show that CBM is most effective after about 2 hours of therapy. It is recommended that you complete around 3 or 4 minutes of CBM sessions everyday for the first few weeks. This can be reduced to a maintenance level of about 5 minutes per week once you feel you have your nicotine addiction under control.
We have trimmed some of the more complex features of Smoke Mint in order to provide a more streamlined Cognitive Bias Modification(CBM) program:
- Smoke Mint will now give you more detailed feedback of your CBM scores and total session time, but it will not track your ‘Smoke Free Days’.
- Customizable CBT pop-up text boxes have been removed.
- Customization section of CBM gallery has been removed.
Please contact us via our support page, should you have any questions on this update.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.