Social matching of food intake and the need for social acceptance.

@article{Robinson2011SocialMO,
  title={Social matching of food intake and the need for social acceptance.},
  author={Eric John Robinson and Talia Tobias and Lucy A Shaw and Elyse Freeman and Suzanne Higgs},
  journal={Appetite},
  year={2011},
  volume={56 3},
  pages={747-52}
}
In a social eating context individuals tend to match their food intake to that of eating companions, regardless of whether the other person is eating a large amount. However, relatively little is known about the underlying processes of food intake matching. Findings from behavioural mimicry research suggest that individuals may copy how those around them act in order to facilitate social interactions and ingratiate themselves. The present paper reports two studies which were designed to examine… CONTINUE READING

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