Selective attention to food and body shape words in dieters and restrained non-dieters

MW Green, PJ Rogers

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Abstract

The current study investigated the presence of an attentional bias towards the processing of body shape and food-related material amongst noneating disordered women. Subjects carried out a computer-based Stroop color-naming task in which they had to name the colors of food-related words, body shape-related words, and two sets of matched neutral words. Significant color-naming disruptions of both food and body shape-related material were found for highly restrained eaters, irrespective of whether they were currently dieting. There were no reliable differences in color-naming times found for low to medium restrained eaters. Procedural differences probably account for the failure of previous studies to reveal such effects in nonclinical groups. © 1993 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Translated title of the contributionSelective attention to food and body shape words in dieters and restrained non-dieters
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)515 - 517
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1993

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