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Cognitive Dissonance in Food and Nutrition – A Review

Lookup NU author(s): Andy Ong, Professor Lynn FrewerORCiD, Dr Mei-Yen Chan



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The study of cognitive dissonance applied to food and nutrition has been relatively under-developed. A review of food and food-related research that has utilised cognitive dissonance as a primary construct in a priori theorization and hypothesis-formulation was conducted.The ways in which the dissonance construct has been used was examined, together with its corresponding effects on various food-related outcomes in those studies. Apart from bringing some semblance of structure and organisation to existing studies, critical issues underlying cognitive dissonance applied in food research are also identified and discussed.

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Author(s): Ong A, Frewer LJ, Chan MY

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition

Year: 2017

Volume: 57

Issue: 11

Pages: 2330-2342

Online publication date: 15/05/2015

Acceptance date: 27/01/2015

Date deposited: 26/05/2015

ISSN (print): 1040-8398

ISSN (electronic): 1549-7852

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


DOI: 10.1080/10408398.2015.1013622


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