Putting up a mirror in the kitchen could help you eat less unhealthy food, new research finds.
In the study, people who ate chocolate cake felt it was less tasty when there was a mirror in the room.
Fruit salad, though, was unaffected by the presence of a mirror.
Dr Ata Jami, the study’s author, said:
“A glance in the mirror tells people more than just about their physical appearance.
It enables them to view themselves objectively and helps them to judge themselves and their behaviors in a same way that they judge others.”
Dr Jami explains how the mirror works in the paper:
“…consuming unhealthy food in front of a mirror enhances the self-awareness of current behavior.
This leads to discomfort when one realizes that such behavior does not match with one’s ideal standards of 4 living.
Since objective attribution of discomfort to self enhances the discomfort, people utilize a biased attribution process and negatively distort their taste perception to explain the discomfort.”
The study was published in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research (Jami, 2016).
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