Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Department of Psychology: Clinical-Counseling Psychology
Attentional bias has been examined as one of the cognitive vulnerability factors for various psychopathology such as disordered eating. Attentional biases are important to examine as potential targets of interventions. Past research has demonstrated mixed findings on whether or not restrained eaters show cognitive biases (e.g., attentional sensitivity) toward words related to foods (Brooks et al., 2011; Dobson & Dozois, 2004; Francis, Stewart, & Hounsell, 1997). This study examined attentional bias to foods among restrained eaters using a computer based program, Mousetracker (Freeman & Ambady, 2010), that provided various indicators (i.e., reaction time, maximum deviations, and area under the curves) of attentional bias (vs. reaction time only in traditional attentional bias research). Counter to the hypotheses, results suggested no attentional bias to food words among restrained eaters. However, it seems that females tend to have an attentional bias to food words.
Hodge, Brandon James, "Attentional Bias to Food Words in Restrained Eaters" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 863.