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Title: Cue-elicited anxiety and craving for food using virtual reality scenarios
Author: Ferrer, Marta (Ferrer García)
Gutiérrez Maldonado, José
Pla Sanjuanelo, Joana
Keywords: Ansietat
Trastorns de la conducta alimentària
Teràpia d'exposició
Realitat virtual
Eating disorders
Exposure therapy
Virtual reality
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: IOS Press
Abstract: Cue exposure therapy has been reported to be an effective intervention for reducing binge eating behavior in patients with eating disorders and obesity. However, in vivo food exposure conducted in the therapist's office presents logistical problems and lacks ecological validity. This study proposes the use of virtual reality technology as an alternative to in vivo exposure, and assesses the ability of different virtual environments to elicit anxiety and craving for food in a non-clinical sample. The results show that exposure to virtual environments provokes changes in reported craving for food. High-calorie food cues are the ones that elicit the highest increases in craving.
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It is part of: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 2013, vol. 191, p. 105-109
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ISSN: 0926-9630
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