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Bryan, Yeager et al. 2016: Reading, reflecting, and writing about deceptive and manipulative marketing by food companies led students to choose fewer unhealthy foods one day later

Reference:

Bryan, C. J., Yeager, D. S., Hinojosa, C. P., Chabot, A., Bergen, H., Kawamura, M., & Steubing, F. (2016). Harnessing adolescent values to motivate healthier eating. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(39), 10830-10835.
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Summary:

Adolescents read about journalism exposing the deceptive and manipulative marketing practices of food companies and their harmful effects on society, especially to young children and the poor (e.g., formulating foods based on research designed to make it more addictive) as well as stories from older students describing their outrage about food company practices and efforts to “fight back against the companies by buying and eating less processed food.” They then wrote essays explaining why they were outraged and might fight back. As compared to a traditional public health message (conveying scientific information about how the body processes food, recommendations for a balanced diet, etc.), the “exposé” message, which connected with adolescents’ goals around autonomy and social justice, led students to choose fewer unhealthy foods in a snack form in their homerooms a day later, representing less carbohydrates and sugar.

Psychological Process:

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

Selves (My Own and Others')

Approach to Desired Meaning

What about it?

Changing beliefs about goals

Psychological Question Addressed

Is this goal my own or imposed?

Psychological Process 2:

Need

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What About it?

Approach to Desired Meaning

Approach to Desired Meaning

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Process 3:

Need

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

Approach to Desired Meaning

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Is this goal my own or imposed?

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Walton & Wilson, 2018