The study investigated the relative effectiveness of thought suppression and the working memory-based method of dynamic visual noise as techniques for reducing food cravings. Twenty dieting women on the weight-loss programme prescribed by weight watchers and 20 non-dieting controls formed images of their most craved food and then suppressed thoughts of the food or watched a flickering pattern of black and white dots (dynamic visual noise). Both thought suppression and dynamic visual noise reduced cravings for weight watchers and non-dieters. However, their relative effectiveness varied according to participant dieting status. Specifically, while both techniques reduced cravings equally well for non-dieters, dynamic visual noise was clearly the more effective technique for weight watchers. Thus, dynamic visual noise may provide a useful tool for controlling problematic cravings in clinically overweight or obese individuals who are actively trying to lose weight.
School of Psychology, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide, SA 5001, Australia
Received 3 March 2006; Revised 22 December 2006; Accepted 16 March 2007
Source Citation:Kemps, Eva, Marika Tiggemann, and Rebecca Christianson. "Concurrent visuo-spatial processing reduces food cravings in prescribed weight-loss dieters.(Report)." Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry 39.2 (June 2008): 177(10). Academic OneFile
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