hedonic deprivation

Many individuals restrict their food intake to prevent weight gain. This restriction has both homeostatic and hedonic effects but their relative contribution is currently unclear. To isolate hedonic effects of food restriction, we expose regular chocolate eaters to one week of chocolate deprivation but otherwise regular eating and measure the effect of such manipulation on behavioral, psychophysiological and neural levels. Relevant publication:

    Blechert, J., Naumann, E., Schmitz, J., Herbert, B.M., Tuschen-Caffier, B. (in Revision). The Hedonics of Chocolate   
    Craving: Eyeblink Startle Reveals Appetitive and Defensive Response Systems during Hedonic Chocolate
    Deprivation. PLOS One. IF: 3.73