Event Title

The Relationship Between Indulgent Food Choice and Sensation-Seeking Behaviors

Location

Auditorium Hallway

Department

Psychology

Abstract

Many studies have been conducted on the consumption of high amounts of indulgent food as it relates to obesity, personality traits, and sensation-seeking behavior (Sleddens, Kroeze, 2015; Keller, Seigrist, 2015; Elfhag, Morey, 2008; Moreno-Padilla, 2018), and it has been found that there is a direct correlation between indulgent food consumption, obesity, and sensation-seeking behavior. However, few studies have focused on the relationship between indulgent food choice and sensation-seeking behavior alone thus far. The purpose of the current investigation is to explore the possible correlational relationship between sensation-seeking behavior and indulgent food choices and determine if one exists. Participants will be asked to complete a survey that will be scored using a condensed version of the Sensation Seeking Scale (SSS). The survey will consist not only of questions addressing the Sensation Seeking Scale but of Likert scale questions that address food choice and indulgent food consumption as well. The results of this correlational study are projected to reflect previous findings regarding the direct relationship between increased consumption of indulgent food and sensation-seeking behavior. This study will not only foreseeably add to the growing body of research that examines the relationship between the exhibition of sensation-seeking behaviors and making indulgent food choices, but it will also help shed light on the importance of food choices and how it has an impact on a personal level.

Faculty Sponsor

Amanda Dykema-Engblade, Northeastern Illinois University

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May 6th, 12:00 PM

The Relationship Between Indulgent Food Choice and Sensation-Seeking Behaviors

Auditorium Hallway

Many studies have been conducted on the consumption of high amounts of indulgent food as it relates to obesity, personality traits, and sensation-seeking behavior (Sleddens, Kroeze, 2015; Keller, Seigrist, 2015; Elfhag, Morey, 2008; Moreno-Padilla, 2018), and it has been found that there is a direct correlation between indulgent food consumption, obesity, and sensation-seeking behavior. However, few studies have focused on the relationship between indulgent food choice and sensation-seeking behavior alone thus far. The purpose of the current investigation is to explore the possible correlational relationship between sensation-seeking behavior and indulgent food choices and determine if one exists. Participants will be asked to complete a survey that will be scored using a condensed version of the Sensation Seeking Scale (SSS). The survey will consist not only of questions addressing the Sensation Seeking Scale but of Likert scale questions that address food choice and indulgent food consumption as well. The results of this correlational study are projected to reflect previous findings regarding the direct relationship between increased consumption of indulgent food and sensation-seeking behavior. This study will not only foreseeably add to the growing body of research that examines the relationship between the exhibition of sensation-seeking behaviors and making indulgent food choices, but it will also help shed light on the importance of food choices and how it has an impact on a personal level.