Selective information processing and schematic content related to eating behavior

  • Dorothy D. Tucker
  • David G. Schlundt
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Abstract

An adaptation of the Stroop color-naming task was used to investigate selective information processing related to eating behavior in 90 undergraduate women. This study differed from previous studies by (a) treating eating behavior as a continuous variable and (b) looking at five separate categories of words including color, neutral, food, body shape, and other emotionally salient words. We did not find a strong pattern of relation between the Stroop task and eating and body image measures. Results suggest that in a nonclinical population, direct methods of accessing cognitions related to eating may be more fruitful than indirect measures.

Key words

body image eating behavior personality assessment cognitive schema information processing 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dorothy D. Tucker
    • 1
  • David G. Schlundt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyVanderbilt UniversityNashville

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