The fast-food generation: the role of sensitivity to reward in the hedonic eating behavior of adolescents

01 October 2011 → 30 September 2012
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Social sciences
    • Clinical and counseling psychology
    • Developmental psychology and ageing
    • Other psychology and cognitive sciences
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Psychiatry and psychotherapy
    • Psychiatry and psychotherapy
    • Nursing
    • Other paramedical sciences
    • Psychiatry and psychotherapy
eating behavior BIS sensitivity to reward BAS psychofysiologic measures adolescents sensitivity to punishment longitudinal experimental
Project description

Adolescents grow up in a society where fast-food is ubiquitous. Whereas some overeat and develop overweight, others are doing the exact opposite. This research is based on Gray’s Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory and will examine how reward and punishment sensitivity relate to eating behavior/weight in 120 adolescents. Psychofysiologic, behavioral and self-report measures are used within experimental and longitudinal research.