An experimental investigation of the effects of covert sensitization in an analogue eating situation

Charles Diament, G. Terence Wilson

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Abstract

Covert sensitization (CS) was compared to an attention-placebo group and a no treatment control group in a controlled outcome study with obese college students as subjects. In addition to weight loss, the dependent measures included quantity of food consumed in an analogue eating situation, and a salivary response measure of the palatability of the target food. The results showed no differential effect among the three treatment groups on any of these three objective behavioral measures. However, both CS and attention-placebo groups reported significantly greater treatment-produced negative subjective reactions to the taste and odor of the target food than the no treatment control group. These findings seriously call into question the purported efficacy of CS as an aversive conditioning technique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)499-509
Number of pages11
JournalBehavior Therapy
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1975

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology

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