25th APS Annual Convention: Mark Your Calendar (Washington, DC, USA - May 23-26, 2013)


A Tribute to Stanley Schachter: Current Directions in Research on External Influences on Eating Behavior

Friday, May 24, 2013, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
Washington 3

Chair: Lenny R. Vartanian
University of New South Wales

Stanley Schachter revolutionized the way we think about eating behavior, introducing the notion that non-physiological (i.e., external) cues can influence people’s food intake. We pay tribute to Schachter by presenting current research on external influences on food intake. The historical, theoretical, and policy implications will also be discussed.

Subject Area: Social

The Twisted History of External Cues
C. Peter Herman
University of Toronto, Canada
Schachter demonstrated that obese and non-obese people respond differentially to external food cues. Other research indicates that obese and non-obese people respond strongly and equally to external food cues. Resolving this apparent contradiction by identifying different types of external food cues helps us understand (and possibly combat) the obesity epidemic.

Peers and Obesity during Childhood and Adolescence: Research on Peers, Eating, and Choice of Activities
Sarah-Jeanne Salvy
RAND Corporation
This presentation will synthesize the emerging literatures on peer experiences in relation to eating and choice of activities during childhood and adolescence. The involvement of youths’ peer networks in prevention and intervention efforts may be critical for positive behavioral health trajectories.

Insights from Social Network Analysis for Understanding the Influence of Social Relationships and Social Systems on Eating Behaviors
Kayla de la Haye
RAND Corporation
Social network analysis, along with recent developments in statistical models for social networks, provide a sophisticated approach for studying social influence on eating behaviors and diet in naturalistic settings. I summarize this analytic framework, recent findings of social networks effects on diet, and innovative areas for future research.

Failure to Acknowledge External Influences on Food Intake: Lack of Awareness or Motivated Denial?
Lenny R. Vartanian
University of New South Wales
People generally fail to acknowledge external influences on their food intake, and also overestimate the impact of internal cues (e.g., hunger). I will address the question of whether these errors in reporting are due to lack a of awareness of, or a motivation to deny, external influences on food intake.

Jerry M. Suls (Discussant)
University of Iowa

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