The Effects of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation of Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex on Reduction of Craving in Daily and Social Smokers

  • Nader Hajloo Department of Psychology, University of Mohaghegh Ardabili, Ardabil, Iran.
  • Asghar Pouresmali Young Researchers and Elite Club, Ardabil Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ardabil, Iran.
  • Jaber Alizadeh Goradel Department of Psychology, University of Shahid Beheshti, Tehran, Iran.
  • Mehri Mowlaie Young Researchers and Elite Club, Ardabil Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ardabil, Iran.
Smokers, Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS)


Objective: Tobacco smoking is an addictive behavior with many psychological side effects, and many smokers are unable to quit it. Despite various treatments for smoking cessation, there is an urgent need to develop and utilize a noninvasive technique with high efficacy. This study aimed to determine the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) of dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) on reduction of craving in daily and social smokers.

Method: This pretest-posttest quasi-experimental study, in which the participants were randomly assigned into sham and active groups, was performed on 40 daily and social smokers. Stimulation was delivered over the left DLPFC at a 2 m/A during 10 twenty-minute sessions for 5 weeks. The participants filled out the Desire for Drug questionnaire (DDQ) before and after intervention. Analysis of covariance was used for data analysis.

Results: A significant decrease was found in the number of cigarette smoking in both daily and social smokers compared to the sham group. Moreover, the results indicated that anodal tDCS on F3 and Cathodal tDCS on F4 has significant effects on nicotine craving (P < 0/000).

Conclusion: The results of the present study showed that the current tDCS of DLPFC decreases the craving of smoking. This noninvasive brain stimulation technique targeted at DLPFC area may be a promising method for reducing and treating smoking craving.


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Hajloo N, Pouresmali A, Alizadeh Goradel J, Mowlaie M. The Effects of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation of Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex on Reduction of Craving in Daily and Social Smokers. Iran J Psychiatry. 14(4):291-296.
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