Food porn is now an experiment by Griffith University Brisbane
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Food Porn for real: you can be a food experiment!

January 30, 2014


Food Porn for real: you can be a food experiment!
Griffith University (Mt Gravatt Campus - Brisbane) School of Applied Psychology is looking for volunteers for their research into the effects that looking at food can have on the human body. 

Brisbane food bloggers or chefs would be perfect candidates for this experiment  given the incredible amount of time they spend "undressing" food with their eyes!  (Sign up information at the bottom of this article).

There is a global social media hash tag phenomenon - #FoodPorn which people follow like a religion.  Wikipedia describes "food porn" as thus:

"Food porn is a glamourised spectacular visual presentation of cooking or eating in advertisements,infommercials, cooking shows or other visual media,[1] foods boasting a high fat and calorie content,[2] exotic dishes that arouse a desire to eat or the glorification of food as a substitute for sex.[3] Food porn often takes the form of food photography and styling that presents food provocatively, in a similar way to glamour photography or pornographic photography."


 As reported by The Independent (UK) a 34 year old South Korean woman has quit her day job to earn serious coin by posting You Tube videos of her eating oversized feasts at home. Termed "gastronomic voyeurism" or "broadcast eating", people are tuning in around the world to watch "The Diva, as she is known, to eat and donate money to support her activity. 

 

Is it food lust, love or loathe?
If you consider lining up for this experiment please tell us what you discover.  
Details below:

The Griffith Uni study, undertaken as part of the Student Researcher’s Master of Clinical Psychology training, looks at people’s attention to pictures of food and how their physical and emotional health can influence this. 
 
Type of volunteers needed:
18 years and over, able to attend Mount Gravatt Campus 
 
What would I be asked to do? How much time would it take?:

During a single session on Mount Gravatt campus, complete questionnaires about eating behaviour and emotions, take your own height, weight and waist measurements to give to the researcher, and take part in a computer task in which you will see pictures of food. 
 
What’s in it for me?:
$10 gift card and valuable contribution to the research area 
 
How can I volunteer or find out more?:
Please contact Emma Gorton at cadrp@griffith.edu.au or phone 3735 3321  School of Applied Psychology Master of Psychology student PSY/56/13/HREC 


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