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Joanne Garnes

1997 Research

Abstract: Thought Suppression in Binge Eating

Mentor: Dr. Philip Watkins, Psychology

This experiment was designed to investigate binge eating, like obsessive compulsive disorder and the sense of a lack of control that results when the patient or participant tries to suppress emotionally disturbing thoughts. We used binge eaters and control subjects and processed these participants through three five-minute trials. The first and third trials included free thought, in which the participants were asked to think about anything they wanted. The second trial included either another free thought or a thought suppression trial, depending on random assignment. A food thought was used as the thought to be suppressed. The hypothesis was that binge eaters would have a harder time controlling the food through and would have a greater rebound effect.

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