Goal priming in dieters: recent insights and applications

Papies, E. K. (2012) Goal priming in dieters: recent insights and applications. Current Obesity Reports, 1(2), pp. 99-105. (doi:10.1007/s13679-012-0009-8) (PMID:22611522) (PMCID:PMC3342494)

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What are the psychological mechanisms that make dieting so challenging in our food-rich living environment? Social psychological research on goal priming provides a useful framework for answering this question, as well as implications for how to enhance dieting success. This review presents and discusses recent research which shows that attractive food cues prime the hedonic eating goal in dieters, and thus facilitate overeating. However, external cues priming the goal of weight control can be used to offset these effects and thus to facilitate dieting success, as is demonstrated in both field and laboratory experiments. In addition, recent strategies to prevent hedonic effects of attractive food, such as mindful attention, can facilitate self-regulation. These recent advances in our understanding of dieting behavior have theoretical and practical implications for how successful dieting can be facilitated, both by means of individual strategies, as well as by environmental changes.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Papies, Dr Esther
Authors: Papies, E. K.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Journal Name:Current Obesity Reports
ISSN (Online):2162-4968
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2012 The Authors
First Published:First published in Current Obesity Reports 1(2):99-105
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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