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The authors are grateful to James D. Fitzpatrick for his cooperation during the course of the study.
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Roballey, T.C., McGreevy, C., Rongo, R.R. et al. The effect of music on eating behavior. Bull. Psychon. Soc. 23, 221–222 (1985). https://doi.org/10.3758/BF03329832
- Background Music
- Music Condition
- Eating Speed
- Fast Tempo
- Slow Tempo