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Time is overestimated in obesity: a cohort study

Vicario, CM ORCID: 0000-0001-7557-9078, Caruso, V, Giuseppe, C and Felmingham, K 2019 , 'Time is overestimated in obesity: a cohort study' , Journal of Health Psychology , pp. 1-15 , doi: 10.1177/1359105319842937.

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Food addiction and high impulsivity are common traits in obesity. In accordance with the evidence that time is overestimated in patients with a history of impulsivity and/or drug addiction, we tested the hypothesis that duration is overestimated in obesity. A total of 92 obese participants and 182 healthy controls completed a timing task of visual stimuli. In line with our prediction, obese participants overestimated the duration of the displayed visual stimuli than controls. Our result has potential clinical implications in the field of obesity, as it suggests a potential contribution of this cognitive dysfunction in the emergence and maintenance of obesity-related behaviour.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Vicario, CM and Caruso, V and Giuseppe, C and Felmingham, K
Keywords: motivation, obesity, time overestimation, time processing, unhealthy lifestyle
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Health Psychology
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
ISSN: 1359-1053
DOI / ID Number: 10.1177/1359105319842937
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Copyright 2019 The Authors

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