Dispensing apparatus for use in a cued food delivery task

Menton M. Deweese, Kimberly N. Claiborne, Jennifer Ng, Danika D. Dirba, Hannah L. Stewart, Susan M. Schembre, Francesco Versace

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Neurobiological models of obesity postulate that obese individuals have difficulty regulating food intake partly because they attribute excessive salience to stimuli signaling food availability. Typically, human studies that investigate the relationship between brain responses to food-related stimuli and obesity present food cues without subsequent delivery of food. However, in order to identify the brain correlates of cue reactivity, we must record brain responses to food-related cues signaling food availability. Therefore, we have developed a dispensing apparatus for use in a cued-food delivery task in which event-related potentials (ERPs) to food-related images predicting food delivery and images not predicting food delivery can be recorded. Here, we describe a method where:The experimental apparatus dispenses an edible item (i.e., a chocolate candy) which may or may not be eaten, or a non-edible control item (e.g., a plastic bead).Deposit boxes are available to store uneaten candies and the non-edible control items.The dispensing mechanism is capable of recording the exact timestamp when each delivery event occurs (e.g., release from the dispenser, arrival in the receptacle, storage in the deposit box).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)446-457
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Cue reactivity
  • EEG-compatible Obesity
  • Food availability
  • Food delivery device
  • Reward

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Medical Laboratory Technology


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