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Does how we feel and think influence our diet and physical activity?

14 May 2020

We are interested in seeing if people's cognitions (e.g. their thoughts about doing things) and their emotions might influence what they eat and how physically active they are.

In taking part, you will complete a series of questionnaires and a brief computer task. This will take about 45 minutes of your time. Then, you will complete a seven-day diary about snacks and physical activity.

Upon completion of the whole study, you will be entered into a prize draw for a £40 Amazon voucher.


  • Fluent English speakers
  • Males and females in two age groups
  • Group 1: aged 19-22 years old;
  • Group 2: aged 40-60 years old
  • Open to, but no chronic health conditions which affect what you are allowed to eat (e.g. diabetes)
  • Not currently participating in a weight loss programme (e.g. Weight Watchers)
  • Not performing physical activity for more than 150 minutes per week (moderate to vigorous, i.e. making you breathe harder than normal- walking at average pace would not count toward this)

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Ethical approval

This study was granted ethical approval by the University of Aberdeen's ethics committee CERB on 27th March 2019.

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