Journal article

Incidental rewarding cues influence economic decisions in people with obesity

Jakob Simmank, Carsten Murawski, Stefan Bode, Annette Horstmann



Recent research suggests that obesity is linked to prominent alterations in learning and decision-making. This general difference may also underlie the preference for immediately consumable, highly palatable but unhealthy and high-calorie foods. Such poor food-related inter-temporal decision-making can explain weight gain; however, it is not yet clear whether this deficit can be generalized to other domains of inter-temporal decision-making, for example financial decisions. Further, little is known about the stability of decision-making behavior in obesity, especially in the presence of rewarding cues. To answer these questions, obese and lean participants (n = 52) completed two sessions of ..

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Awarded by IFB Adiposity Diseases, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors thank Ramona Menger for her invaluable help during subject recruitment and data acquisition. The work of AH and JS was supported by the IFB Adiposity Diseases, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany, FKZ: 01E01001 ( The work of AH was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) (, within the framework of the CRC 1052 "Obesity Mechanisms," subproject A5. CM and SB were supported by a Faculty of Business and Economics (University of Melbourne) Strategic Initiatives Grant 2011. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.