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Appetite. 2017 Jan 1;108:151-155. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2016.09.031. Epub 2016 Sep 28.

Do disinhibited eaters pay increased attention to food cues?

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1
Department of Psychology, Swansea University, Department of Applied Psychology, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, CF5 2YB, United Kingdom. Electronic address: hseage@cardiffmet.ac.uk.
2
Department of Psychology, Swansea University, Swansea SA2 8PP, United Kingdom.

Abstract

The Three Factors Eating Questionnaire's measure of disinhibited eating is a robust predictor of long-term weight gain. This experiment explored if disinhibited eaters display attentional bias to food cues. Participants (N = 45) completed a visual dot probe task which measured responses to food (energy dense and low energy foods) and neutral cues. Picture pairs were displayed either for a 100 ms or 2000 ms duration. All participants displayed attentional bias for energy dense food items. Indices of attentional bias were largest in disinhibited eaters. Attentional bias in disinhibited eaters appeared to be underpinned by facilitated attention.

KEYWORDS:

Attentional bias; Disinhibition; Food; Orientation; Visual dot probe

PMID:
27693488
DOI:
10.1016/j.appet.2016.09.031
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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