Variation in human masticatory behavior under temporal constraints

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Recorded the consummatory behavior of 20 18-20 yr. old students asked to eat peanuts or carrots (a) at their normal rate, and (b) under constraints to hurry. It was found that Ss decreased their meal time when under temporal constraints by reducing the number of masticatory strokes, chewing faster, and making fewer and shorter pauses between bursts of chewing. The average forcefulness of each chewing stroke was greater when Ss were under constraints to hurry. These data are contrasted with previous studies examining consummatory behavior of food-deprived humans. It is suggested that the manner in which humans alter their consummatory behavior may depend upon the motivation for doing so and the type of foodstuff consumed. (23 ref.) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-174
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 1972
Externally publishedYes


  • masticatory behavior, temporal constraints to hurry, 18-20 yr. old students

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  • Medicine(all)


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