November 16, 2018 by Ellen Goldbaum, University at Buffalo
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Sara O'Donnell, lead author on the paper and clinical psychology doctoral student in the Department of Pediatrics in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB, said the results suggest that smartphones can be more reinforcing than food for college students.
"In this study, we provide evidence for the first time that smartphones are reinforcing," she said. O'Donnell is co-author with Leonard H. Epstein, Ph.D., SUNY Distinguished Professor and director of the behavioral medicine division in the Department of Pediatrics.