Taste Reward Processing in Pediatric Obesity

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified August 2014 by Stanford University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Cara Bohon, PhD, Stanford University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: July 23, 2013
Last updated: August 30, 2014
Last verified: August 2014

The study aims to provide a better understanding of the neural influence of eating behavior in the development of childhood obesity. Children ages 4-8 will be recruited to examine fMRI brain response to pictures that signal delivery of a chocolate milkshake and to the taste itself. The brain response will be compared to body mass index percentile scores for each child to help us determine whether brain differences present in adolescents and adults with obesity are present in young children.

Pediatric Obesity

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Taste Reward Processing in Pediatric Obesity

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Further study details as provided by Stanford University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • fMRI brain response to taste of chocolate milkshake [ Time Frame: Baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • fMRI brain response to picture cue [ Time Frame: Baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: September 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: March 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Children with BMI percentile of 85 or above.
Healthy Weight
Children with BMI percentile between 15 and 85.


Ages Eligible for Study:   4 Years to 8 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Children ages 4-8


Inclusion Criteria:

  • ages 4-8
  • parent available to complete surveys in English

Exclusion Criteria:

  • no presence of metal in body
  • no claustrophobia
  • no psychiatric or neurological condition that will affect brain function
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01908153

United States, California
Stanford University Department of Psychiatry Recruiting
Stanford, California, United States, 94305
Contact: Talya Feldman    650-723-7885    tfeldman@stanford.edu   
Principal Investigator: Cara Bohon, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Stanford University
Principal Investigator: Cara Bohon, PhD Stanford University
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Cara Bohon, PhD, Assistant Professor, Stanford University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01908153     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: UL1 TR000093
Study First Received: July 23, 2013
Last Updated: August 30, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Stanford University:
Picture food type
Taste type

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pediatric Obesity
Nutrition Disorders

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on March 26, 2015