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<p>The original hypotheses, broadly conceived, from Troisi & Gabriel (2012, p. 748).</p> <blockquote> <p>In summary, drawing from research on social surrogacy, eating behavior, and embodied cognition, we propose that comfort foods are social surrogates that derive their unique emotional power from their cognitive connections to existing relationships. In two experiments, we tested whether comfort foods are associated with relationships and can reduce feelings of loneliness.</p> </blockquote> <p>The original hypotheses, per study, from Troisi & Gabriel (2012, p. 748).</p> <p><strong>Study 1 (p. 748):</strong> </p> <blockquote> <p>In Experiment 1, we tested our first hypothesis, that comfort foods are associated with relationships</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Study 2 (p. 749):</strong></p> <blockquote> <p>In Experiment 2, we tested our second hypothesis, that comfort food can reduce feelings of loneliness, by priming a belongingness threat, allowing some participants the opportunity to think of their favorite comfort food, and then measuring loneliness. We predicted that thinking about comfort food would reduce the effects of the relationship threat on loneliness.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Potential moderators</strong></p> <p>Additionally, the original authors suggested to us in an e-mail that their results would replicate in different cultural contexts, as 43% of their participants identified themselves as “Asian” or “Asian-American”. </p> <p>In addition, they also noted that “comfort food” is something that is idiosyncratically defined. For this reason, we ran a pilot test and made small changes to the methods, which is noted in the method section. </p>
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