Hand-held dynamic visual noise reduces naturally occurring food cravings and craving-related consumption

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    This study demonstrated the applicability of the well-established laboratory task, dynamic visual noise, as a technique for reducing naturally occurring food cravings and subsequent food intake. Dynamic visual noise was delivered on a hand-held computer device. Its effects were assessed within the context of a diary study. Over a 4-week period, 48 undergraduate women recorded their food cravings and consumption. Following a 2-week baseline, half the participants watched the dynamic visual noise display whenever they experienced a food craving. Compared to a control group, these participants reported less intense cravings. They were also less likely to eat following a craving and consequently consumed fewer total calories following craving. These findings hold promise for curbing unwanted food cravings and craving-driven consumption in real-world settings.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)152-157
    Number of pages6
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2013


    • Consumption
    • Craving reduction
    • Dynamic visual noise
    • Food craving
    • Personal digital assistant (PDA)

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