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Korean Journal of Clinical Psychology - Vol. 38 , No. 4 , pp.349-356
ISSN: 2733-4538 (Online)
publication date 30 Nov 2019
Received 18 Jul 2019 Revised 23 Sep 2019 Accepted 21 Oct 2019
DOI: https://doi.org/10.15842/kjcp.2019.38.4.001

The Effect of Binge Eaters’ Anger Regulation Training on Attentional Bias and Caloric Intake
Eun-Ji Lee ; Eun-Hae Shin ; Jang-Han Lee
Department of Psychology, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea

Correspondence to : Jang-Han Lee, Department of Psychology, Chung-Ang University, 84 Heukseok-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul, Korea; E-mail: clipsy@cau.ac.kr

© 2019 Korean Clinical Psychology Association
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Binge eating, defined as the consumption of large quantities of food in a short period of time, is a behavior that manifests when a binge eater, who cannot regulate negative emotion-provoking situations and has increased attentional bias to high-caloric food. This study aimed to investigate the influence of anger regulation training (reappraisal and suppression) on attentional bias to food images and caloric intake. Forty-seven binge eaters and 44 healthy control subjects were randomly assigned to one of the two anger regulation training conditions (reappraisal, suppression) and given anger mood induction and instructions. Consequently, the binge eater group spent significantly less time dwelling on food images, and caloric intake was significantly lower under the suppression condition, than the reappraisal condition. The results of the present study suggest that when trained through reappraisal, binge eaters decrease the time they spending dwelling on food images and caloric intake.

Keywords: binge eating, attentional bias, anger regulation, suppression, reappraisal


This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Korean Government (NRF-2017S1A5B4055761). This research was supported by Graduate Fellowship Scholarship in 2018.

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