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Effects of a Computer Game on Activity Choices

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Information provided by:
University at Buffalo Identifier:
First received: April 2, 2009
Last updated: June 25, 2010
Last verified: April 2009

The study seeks to discover whether peer rejection increases the value of food relative to peer interaction in overweight individuals. After playing a computer game that randomly simulates peer rejection or peer acceptance, participants will play another computer game that will assess the value of food and social interactions.

Overweight individuals may be more likely to resort to food in moments of distress and less likely to choose to interact with a peer to reestablish their sense of belongingness.


Study Type: Observational

Further study details as provided by University at Buffalo:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • amount of food chosen amount of social time chosen

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: November 2008
Study Completion Date: September 2009

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 50 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Adults between the ages of 18-50

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adults ages 18-50
  • Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 18.5
  • Adults must report at least a moderate liking of study foods used

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Adults should have no psychopathology
  • Adults should have no developmental disabilities
  • Adults should have no cold or upper respiratory distress that could influence their activities
  • Adults should have not be taking medications that could affect their food intake
  • Adults should have no dietary restrictions
  • Adults should have no food allergies
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00875511

United States, New York
University at Buffalo, Division of Behavioral Medicine
Buffalo, New York, United States, 14214
Sponsors and Collaborators
University at Buffalo
Principal Investigator: Sarah J Salvy, Ph.D. University at Buffalo
  More Information

Responsible Party: Sarah-Jeanne Salvy, Ph.D., University at Buffalo Identifier: NCT00875511     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Study #3480
Study First Received: April 2, 2009
Last Updated: June 25, 2010

Keywords provided by University at Buffalo:
peer rejection
amount of food chosen
amount of social time chosen

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Body Weight
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