Exposure makes the heart grow less fond! The effects of exposure to palatable foods on the subsequent attention processing of food cues.

K. Geyskens, B. Soetens, A. Roets

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Abstract

Prior research has provided conflicting evidence on the question of whether exposure to food temptations directs attention towards or away from food cues. In this study, the effects of exposure to food temptations on attention processing were investigated using an exogenous cueing paradigm. The results show that exposure to food temptations led participants to direct their attention away from food cues. This effect was found after exposure to pictures of food as well as real food temptations. These findings suggest that food temptations activate a tendency to avoid food stimuli, regardless of the restraint and disinhibition levels of the participants.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-238
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010

Keywords

  • attention bias
  • dieting
  • food temptation
  • inhibition
  • EATING-DISORDERS
  • IMPAIRED DISENGAGEMENT
  • GOAL ACTIVATION
  • MERE EXPOSURE
  • SELF-CONTROL
  • TEMPTATION
  • BEHAVIOR
  • WORDS
  • BIAS
  • CONSUMPTION

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