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Attentional biases for food stimuli in external eaters: Possible mechanism for stress-induced eating? \ud

By E. Newman, D.B. O'Connor and M. Conner

Abstract

External eaters reportedly increase snack intake when stressed, which could be due to an attentional shift towards food stimuli. Attentional biases for food stimuli were tested in high and low external eaters in stress and control conditions, using a computerised Stroop. A significant interaction was observed between external eating group and condition for snack word bias. This suggested that low external eaters have a greater bias for snack words when unstressed and that stressed, high external eaters have a greater bias for snack words than stressed, low external eaters, which could contribute to stress-induced snack intake in high external eaters.\u

Publisher: 2008 Elsevier Ltd.
Year: 2008
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.whiterose.ac.uk:4321

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