Blog Posts by Dr. Ayala
- Dr. Ayala | Healthy Living – Wed, Jan 18, 2012 7:32 AM EST
Brian Wansink is famous for his work on the psychology of eating and for popularizing terms such as "mindless eating" and "health halos." His research has unveiled some of the many occasions in which environmental cues such as packaging, label claims and plate size influence our eating.
There's something particularly encouraging about Wansink's findings. If so much of our eating, overeating and unhealthy eating is driven by nothing more than unconscious, mindless habits, a targeted environmental change can improve our eating without much sacrifice, indeed, almost without individuals having to do a thing.
Plate presentation affects eating
A new study from Wansink's group, published in the January issue of Acta Paediatrica, and led by Francesca Zampollo looks at how the look of the plate affects kids and adults.
Twenty-three kids and 46 adults were shown full-size photos of 48 different combinations of food on plates that varied by number of items, placement of entréeRead More »from Study: Kids Prefer More Color and Variety in Their Plate
This is the season to grab every bit of happiness and living in the moment is one suggested way to increase bliss.
A brief article in Science provides evidence: The authors, Matthew Killingsworth and Daniel Gilbert of Harvard University, developed an iPhone app to sample people's ongoing thoughts, feelings, and actions. This reported study included 2250 people, who were asked, at random times, three questions:
• How happy are you now? (sliding scale from 0-100)
• What are you doing right now? (22 categories)
• Is your mind on something other than what you're doing now? (4 choices: no, and if yes, is what you're thinking positive, neutral or negative)
Killingsworth and Gilbert found that people were thinking about what is not happening almost as often as they were thinking about what is - a whopping 46.9 percent of people admitted they were miles away - and surprisingly, mind travel occurred during every type of activity besides making love (or maybe admitting itRead More »from 5 Tips for Greater Happiness in the Holidays
- Dr. Ayala | Healthy Living – Wed, Nov 9, 2011 7:43 AM EST