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Research: You should NOT make a major decision when you are hungry



A new research found out that one should not make any major decision in every situation when you feel hungry. Setting a decision with a hungry feeling might settle for a worse deal.


The new small-scale study by researchers from the University of Dundee in United Kingdom asked questions to participants about food, money and other rewards when they had eaten two hours before the test and again when they had not eaten anything for ten hours.

The results were published in the latest edition of the journal Psychonomic Bulletin & Review and shows people preferred smaller rewards when hungry rather than larger rewards.


"We wanted to know whether being in a state of hunger had a specific effect on how you make decisions only relating to food or if it had broader effects, and this research suggests decision-making gets more present-focused when people are hungry," said study author Dr Benjamin Vincent.

"You would predict that hunger would impact people's preferences relating to food, but it is not yet clear why people get more present-focused for completely unrelated rewards," added Dr Vincent.

The author conclude that the research suggests that being hungry could have a huge impact in different kinds of decisions, being hungry make you care a bit more regarding immediate relief over a potential glowing future.


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