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Effects of a Computer Game on Activity Choices

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00875511
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : April 3, 2009
Last Update Posted : June 28, 2010
Information provided by:
University at Buffalo

Brief Summary:

The study seeks to discover whether peer rejection increases the value of food relative to peer interaction in overweight individuals. After playing a computer game that randomly simulates peer rejection or peer acceptance, participants will play another computer game that will assess the value of food and social interactions.

Overweight individuals may be more likely to resort to food in moments of distress and less likely to choose to interact with a peer to reestablish their sense of belongingness.

Condition or disease

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Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 40 participants
Study Start Date : November 2008
Actual Study Completion Date : September 2009

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. amount of food chosen amount of social time chosen

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 50 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Adults between the ages of 18-50

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adults ages 18-50
  • Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 18.5
  • Adults must report at least a moderate liking of study foods used

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Adults should have no psychopathology
  • Adults should have no developmental disabilities
  • Adults should have no cold or upper respiratory distress that could influence their activities
  • Adults should have not be taking medications that could affect their food intake
  • Adults should have no dietary restrictions
  • Adults should have no food allergies

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00875511

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United States, New York
University at Buffalo, Division of Behavioral Medicine
Buffalo, New York, United States, 14214
Sponsors and Collaborators
University at Buffalo
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Principal Investigator: Sarah J Salvy, Ph.D. University at Buffalo

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Responsible Party: Sarah-Jeanne Salvy, Ph.D., University at Buffalo Identifier: NCT00875511     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Study #3480
First Posted: April 3, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 28, 2010
Last Verified: April 2009
Keywords provided by University at Buffalo:
peer rejection
amount of food chosen
amount of social time chosen
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms