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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

Self-control and Impulsiveness in Adults: Effects of Food Cues and Deprivation

Humans continually make choices about how long they will wait for a reward, like money, depending on how large the reward is. When a more delayed but larger amount of a reward is chosen over a less delayed but smaller amount, that choice can be defined as self-control. Part I of the presentation will consist of a review of self-control theories and parameters. Examples, such as dieting, studying, and credit card use will be discussed. Part II will present the design and results of an experiment that measured self-control for food. Participants interfaced with an apparatus that allowed them to make choices that demonstrate either self-control or impulsiveness. In some conditions, participants were hungry (versus full), and in some conditions, they had a view of the food through a clear window (versus no view). This allowed choice results to be examined with respect to deprivation level and presence of food cues.

Presenters: Patrick Conway (Undergraduate Student)
Jennifer Michels (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 104 Holmes
Time: 9 am (Session I)