Lauren A Nitecki

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There is growing evidence that the experience of being ostracized can impair individuals' abilities to self-regulate, which in turn, leads to negative health behaviors, such as increased unhealthy eating. Research has focused on adults, but deficits in eating regulation in response to ostracism may be particularly detrimental for overweight or obese youth.(More)
BACKGROUND The influence of parents versus friends on youths' eating behavior has not been directly compared, and little is known about the developmental effects of social influences on their eating behavior. OBJECTIVE The objective was to compare the effects of mothers and friends on children's and adolescents' energy intake from sandwiches and from(More)
OBJECTIVE Assess the effect of ostracism and social connection-related activities on adolescents' motivation to eat and their energy intake. METHODS Participants (n = 103; M age = 13.6 years) were either ostracized or included when playing a computer game, Cyberball. Next, they wrote about their friend (social-connection), watched television(More)
BACKGROUND Behavioral economics offers a framework to understand choice among alternatives. There is no research on the interrelationship between food and social activity in overweight and non-overweight children. PURPOSE The purpose of this study is to test the substitutability of food and social interactions using behavioral economic methods in(More)
OBJECTIVE This paper reports the results of two experiments using a laboratory analog to examine the influence of taxes and subsidies on youth's snack food purchases when alone (Experiment 1) and when in the presence of a same-gender peer (Experiment 2). METHOD Adolescents (12-14-years-old) completed a purchasing task, during which prices of snack foods(More)
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