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Transcript of HUNGER

The Psychological Approach to Hunger
Image by Tom Mooring
Environmental and cultural model
The Biological Explanation of Hunger

We propose that the models of hunger interact

Give a brief summary and critique of each separate model

show that an interacting view is relevant today with regards to dieting and obesity

The Biological Set Point
(Powley and Keesey, 1970 vs Levitsky (2002)
Dual-Centre Feeding Theory
-> VMH = satiety centre
-> LH = feeding centre
-> PVN = appetite stimulation and reduction
-> supported by Gold
et al
. (1973)
The ‘ob’ gene
(Zhang et al., 1994)
Supported by empirical research - variables controlled
e.g. Gold
et al
. (1973) and Zhang
et al
. (1994)

Empathy versus stigma

Animal research is difficult to extrapolate to humans

Reductionist - over-simplifies why we experience hunger


Contradictions within the model itself

An integrated approach
Availability of Food
Presence of Others
Cultural norms
Offers simple, understandable explanation of hunger attribution

Explanation by well supported and thoroughly researched concepts -

Not scientific in understanding - social research may involve more confounding variables

Environmental factors are not cross cultural. Research dominated by Western mealtimes, not generalisable

Testing on rats - not ecologically valid

Davis et al (2007) - Biological
Wadden et al (2002) - Environmental and psychology
This is where the PVN, VMH and LH are located

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Health Concerns
(McLean, Barr & Prior, 2001)
Social Pressures
(Festinger, Schachter & Back, 1950)
(Lowe & Butryn, 2007;
Garg et al., 2007)
Anticipation of Food

Explains how people act on their hunger, not just why they are hungry.

Mood is a very subjective area - it may be experienced differently by each individual

Psychologically perceived health concerns may not be the same for each individual.

The blind (Yager et al., 1986; Touyz, 1988)
(Ogden et al., 2013)
Social Modelling -
Goldman, Herman & Polivy, 1991
Classical Conditioning -
Weingarten, 1983
Social Learning -
Brown & Ogden, 2004
Social Facilitation -
deCastro, 2002

for example...
Herman and Polivy, (1984) - Boundary Theory
- Biological set point.

- Dieters place a cognitive set point below this.

- The body attempts to regulate hunger with respect to this new set point.
We need an integrated approach
combine all factors
and apply to relevant issues of dieting and obesity

Chemical Signals (e.g leptin)
Brain structures
Anticipation of food
Social Pressures
Health Concerns
Presence of others
Cultural Norms
Hunger and Eating
Hungry now, anyone?
Relevance to today:
Hossain, Kawar
and Nahas (2007)
Relevance to today:
Field et al., (2003)
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