Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Shelley Aikman, Ph.D
Meera Adya, J.D., Ph.D.
Arts and Science
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Other Psychology | Psychology | Social Psychology
The purpose of this research was to investigate the influence of hunger on attitudes (self-reports and corresponding reaction times) toward foods and non-foods (people). Participants rated their attitudes toward pictures of foods and pictures of people (older and younger males and females) along several evaluative scales (global attitudes and attitudinal bases) while reaction times were recorded. This was done twice (once when hungry, once not), in sessions separated by one week. Consistent with previous research, hunger differentially impacted ratings of the information underlying attitudes. For example, for foods, ratings of negative affect information changed more as a function of hunger than ratings of other bases. The expected effect of hunger on practice effects was also significant, with participants having greater practice effects when they were not hungry in the first session than participants who were hungry in the first session. Findings from this study may help us understand how hunger has the potential to impact how we perceive and interact with our worlds.
Min, Euiyoung Kate, "The Influence of Hunger on Attitudes: Does it Go Beyond Foods?" (2007). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 587.
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