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Does listening to the sound of yourself chewing increase your enjoyment of food?

Lookup NU author(s): Charlotte Buswell



Background: Anecdotal evidence suggests that listening to oneself eating results in a more pleasurable eating experience. Maximising the sensory experience of eating can result in increased oral intake and is potentially valuable in improving nutritional status in at-risk patients. Objective: This pilot study investigates the association between listening to the sound of oneself eating and the consequences on enjoyment of eating. Design: Prospective, randomized, controlled, cross-over trial of 10 fit, adult volunteers. Participants were timed eating a standardised amount of bread, and were randomized to eat in silence or whilst listening to their own amplified chewing and swallowing. Measurements of pulse and blood pressure were recorded throughout the procedure. Subjective pleasure scores were documented and the procedure repeated in the alternate study arm. Results: There was no significant relationship demonstrated between listening to oneself chewing and the enjoyment of eating. Conclusion: Although this small pilot study was unable to demonstrate a significant relationship between listening to oneself chewing and enjoyment of eating, other evidence suggests that distraction techniques have a beneficial effect on dietary intake. Such techniques can be applied in a clinical setting and further work in this area has valuable potential. © 2006 Amos et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Amos KE, Anari S, Buswell CA, McNeill EJ, Printza A, Ray SJ, Rustom I

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Annals of General Psychiatry

Year: 2006

Volume: 5

Issue: 22

Print publication date: 29/11/2006

Date deposited: 26/05/2010

ISSN (electronic): 1744-859X

Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd.


DOI: 10.1186/1744-859X-5-22


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