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Eaten up by boredom: consuming food to escape awareness of the bored self

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dc.contributor.author Moynihan, Andrew B.
dc.contributor.author van Tilburg, Wijnand A.P.
dc.contributor.author Igou, Eric Raymond
dc.contributor.author Wisman, Arnaud
dc.contributor.author Donnelly, Alan Edward
dc.contributor.author Mulcaire, Jessie B
dc.date.accessioned 2015-06-24T13:30:19Z
dc.date.available 2015-06-24T13:30:19Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/4508
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Research indicates that being bored affectively marks an appraised lack of meaning in the present situation and in life. We propose that state boredom increases eating in an attempt to distract from this experience, especially among people high in objective self-awareness. Three studies were conducted to investigate boredom's effects on eating, both naturally occurring in a diary study and manipulated in two experiments. In Study 1, a week-long diary study showed that state boredom positively predicted calorie, fat, carbohydrate, and protein consumption. In Study 2, a high (vs. low) boredom task increased the desire to snack as opposed to eating something healthy, especially amongst those participants high in objective self-awareness. In addition, Study 3 demonstrated that among people high in objective self-awareness, high (vs. low) boredom increased the consumption of less healthy foods and the consumption of more exciting, healthy foods. However, this did not extend to unexciting, healthy food. Collectively, these novel findings signify the role of boredom in predicting maladaptive and adaptive eating behaviors as a function of the need to distant from the experience of boredom. Further, our results suggest that more exciting, healthy food serves as alternative to maladaptive consumption following boredom. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Frontiers en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Frontiers in Psychology;6, article 369
dc.rights This document is protected by copyright and was first published by Frontiers. All rights reserved. it is reproduced with permission en_US
dc.subject boredom en_US
dc.subject self-awareness en_US
dc.subject individual differences en_US
dc.subject sensation-seeking en_US
dc.subject unhealthy eating en_US
dc.subject meaning en_US
dc.subject mortality salience en_US
dc.subject social exclusion en_US
dc.subject terror management en_US
dc.title Eaten up by boredom: consuming food to escape awareness of the bored self en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2015-06-24T13:17:07Z
dc.description.version PUBLISHED
dc.identifier.doi 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00369
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2698778
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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