Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2016

Publication Title

Frontiers in Psychology

ISSN

1664-1078

Volume

7

First Page

949

Last Page

949

DOI

https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00949

PubMed ID

27444563

Abstract

Growing evidence supports the concept of a “cognitive profile” (Jansen et al., 2015) of obesity, a set of interrelated cognitive patterns, largely influenced by executive functioning, that may underlie obesogenic behaviors, especially in contemporary environments, which are saturated with food cues. These cognitive deficits include attentional biases toward food (Castellanos et al., 2009; Yokum et al., 2011) and discounting of future rewards (Weller et al., 2008). A greater understanding of these cognitive patterns may aid the development of more effective behavioral interventions for obesity, whether through training to minimize cognitive biases, designing interventions to sidestep the effect that these cognitive patterns may have on behavior, or even harnessing biases to drive more adaptive behaviors.

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