The Role of Emotional Arousal in Food Preference and Taste


The purpose of this study is to examine the role of stress in food craving and food consumption in obesity. Using experimentally validated guided imagery procedure, the investigators propose to examine the stress response using subjective, physiological and neurobiological measurements.

Study Start Date

August 2013

Estimated Completion Date

August 2018


  • Behavioral: Neutral-Relaxing
  • Behavioral: Stress Imagery
  • Behavioral: Food Cue Imagery


  • Endocrinology: Obesity
  • Physician Assistant: Endocrinology

MeSH Terms

  • Obesity

Study ID

Yale University -- HIC#801003403



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Yale University

Inclusion Criteria

  • Between ages 18-45 years
  • Able to read and write
  • Normal/lean BMI group: BMI 18.5-24.9 as calculated based on height and weight.
  • Overweight BMI group: BMI 25.0
  • 29.9 as calculated based on height and weight Obese BMI group: BMI 30-35 as calculated based on height and weight.
  • Do not meet criteria for any current Axis I DSM-IV psychiatric diagnoses and provide negative urine toxicology screens during initial appointments and at admission for laboratory sessions.

Exclusion Criteria

  • Meet current criteria for dependence on any psychoactive substance, including nicotine and caffeine
  • Current use of any psychoactive drugs, including anxiolytics, antidepressants, naltrexone or antabuse
  • Any psychotic disorder or current psychiatric symptoms requiring specific attention, including need for psychiatric medications for current major depression and anxiety disorders
  • Any significant current medical condition such as neurological, cardiovascular, endocrine, renal, liver, thyroid pathology
  • subjects on medications for any medical condition will be excluded
  • Women on oral contraceptives, peri and post menopausal women, and those with hysterectomies
  • Pregnant and lactating women will be excluded.




18 Years to 45 Years

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Study Locations and Contact Information (1)

Study Location Distance Name Phone Email
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