The effect of attentional bias modification training on food intake in overweight and obese women

Evelyn Smith*, Agatha Treffiletti, Phoebe E. Bailey, Ahmed A. Moustafa

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Abstract

This study modified food attentional biases via computerized attentional bias modification training and examined the effects on food intake. Overweight women were randomly allocated to (1) direct attention away from food (“attentional-training”), (2) direct attention at random to food or neutral (“placebo”), or (3) no training (“control”). Individuals then completed a taste test. Those in the attentional-training consumed on average 600 kJ less of total food compared to the placebo. Those in the attentional-training had a reduction in food attentional bias compared to the placebo group, when controlling for executive function. Attentional-training seems to reduce high-calorie intake in overweight women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1511-1521
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume25
Issue number10-11
Early online date9 Mar 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2020
Externally publishedYes

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