Journal article

Time is overestimated in obesity: A cohort study

Carmelo M Vicario, Vanni Caruso, Giuseppe Craparo, Kim Felmingham

JOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

Food addiction and high impulsivity are common traits in obesity. In accordance with the evidence that time is overestimated in patients with a history of impulsivity and/or drug addiction, we tested the hypothesis that duration is overestimated in obesity. A total of 92 obese participants and 182 healthy controls completed a timing task of visual stimuli. In line with our prediction, obese participants overestimated the duration of the displayed visual stimuli than controls. Our result has potential clinical implications in the field of obesity, as it suggests a potential contribution of this cognitive dysfunction in the emergence and maintenance of obesity-related behaviour.

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Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by grants from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany.