Impulsivity and temporal frame: Reducing frequency of snacking by highlighting immediate health benefits

Pavey, Louisa and Churchill, Susan (2017) Impulsivity and temporal frame: Reducing frequency of snacking by highlighting immediate health benefits. Eating Behaviors, 26. pp. 1-5. ISSN 1471-0153

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The current study aimed to examine the effect of giving temporally framed health information regarding either the immediate or long-term health consequences of consuming high-calorie snacks, for people with high Negative Urgency (a dimension of impulsivity), and for those primed with impulsivity. We expected that for participants with high Negative Urgency, and those primed with impulsivity, information which detailed the immediate health benefits of avoiding snack consumption would be more effective than information which detailed long-term health benefits. Participants (N=110) completed a measure of Negative Urgency, reported their snacking frequency over the previous seven days, and completed either an impulsivity or neutral prime task. Following this, they read information detailing either the immediate or long-term health benefits of avoiding high-calorie snacks. High-calorie snack consumption was reported 7 days later. The results showed a significant three-way interaction between Negative Urgency, prime task, and temporal frame. Participants who were primed with impulsivity and those high in Negative Urgency showed a greater reduction in snacking frequency after being given information about the immediate vs. long-term health benefits of snacking. The results suggest that the immediacy of health consequences should be considered when designing health information to reduce impulsive snacking behaviour.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: snacking; impulsivity; health communication; priming; temporal frame; immediate; health information; priming; health promotion; diet.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Research Centres > POWER Centre
Departments > Psychology and Counselling
Depositing User: Sue Churchill
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2017 14:00
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2019 15:01

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