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Gender Differences in Response to Cues in Cocaine Dependence

2014-07-24 14:11:39 | BioPortfolio

Summary

The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether men and women respond differently to seeing items related to cocaine use or to remembering stressful events. Four groups of individuals will be recruited to participate in this study: men with cocaine dependence, women with cocaine dependence, men without cocaine dependence, and women without cocaine dependence.

Hypothesis #1: Cocaine-dependent women will demonstrate smaller increases in neuroendocrine, but greater increases in heart rate and more cocaine craving and subjective distress when exposed to stress as compared to cocaine-dependent men and non cocaine-dependent men and women.

Hypothesis #2: Cocaine-dependent men will demonstrate greater increases in neuroendocrine, but greater increases in heart rate and more cocaine craving and subjective distress when exposed to cocaine-related cues as compared to cocaine-dependent women and non cocaine-dependent men and women.

Hypothesis #3: Cocaine-dependent women will demonstrate greater increases in heart rate and more cocaine craving and subjective distress when exposed to stress inducing stimuli as compared to their own responses to a cocaine-related cue.

Hypothesis #4: The neuroendocrine response to a stress hormone (corticotropin releasing hormone; CRH) will be greater in cocaine-dependent women as compared to cocaine-dependent men.

Study Design

Observational Model: Case Control, Time Perspective: Prospective

Conditions

Cocaine Dependence

Location

MUSC-Clinical Neurosciences Division
Charleston
South Carolina
United States
29425

Status

Completed

Source

Medical University of South Carolina

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-24T14:11:39-0400

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