An Evaluation of Sequential Meal Presentation with Picky Eaters
Results of previous research evaluating sequential presentation of nonpreferred (NP) and high-preferred (HP) foods have been mixed, and little is known about how preferences for foods and the manner in which they are presented impact consumption. In many households, NP and HP foods are presented together on the same plate (total meal presentation). This was true for the participants included in this study; thus, total meal presentation served as a baseline against which to compare the effects of an appetizer presentation method and subsequently sequential presentation (differential reinforcement). Results demonstrated that presenting NP foods as an appetizer was not successful in increasing consumption. Consumption only increased after HP foods were made contingent on consumption of the NP food.
KeywordsSequential presentation Food selectivity Differential reinforcement
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The first author declares that she has no conflict of interest. The second author declares that she has no conflict of interest.
All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.
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