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Clutter, Chaos, and Overconsumption: The Role of Mind-Set in Stressful and Chaotic Food Environments


Lenny R Vartanian


Syracuse University

Kristin Kernan


Cornell University, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Students

Brian Wansink


Cornell University

January 6, 2016


Abstract:     
How do cluttered, chaotic environments – such as messy kitchens – influence snacking behavior? How does one’s mindset help prevent unwanted snacking from occurring?

101 female undergraduate students participated under standard kitchen conditions or in a chaotic kitchen condition. Participants were also asked to recall and write about a time when they felt particularly in control or particularly out of control. Finally, participants were given cookies, crackers, and carrots to taste and rate.

Participants in the chaotic kitchen condition and the out-of-control mind-set condition consumed more cookies (103 kcal) than did participants who were in the in-control mind-set condition (38 kcal). The chaotic environment had no impact on consumption of crackers or carrots.

Although a chaotic environment can create a vulnerability to making unhealthy food choices, one’s mind-set in that environment can either trigger or buffer against that vulnerability.

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Keywords: food intake, environmental chaos, personal control, mind-set, messy, clutter, consumption, trigger


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Date posted: January 7, 2016  

Suggested Citation

Vartanian, Lenny R and Kernan, Kristin and Wansink, Brian, Clutter, Chaos, and Overconsumption: The Role of Mind-Set in Stressful and Chaotic Food Environments (January 6, 2016). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2711870 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2711870

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Lenny R Vartanian
Syracuse University ( email )
900 S. Crouse Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2130
United States
Kristin Kernan
Cornell University, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Students ( email )
Ithaca, NY
United States
Brian Wansink (Contact Author)
Cornell University ( email )
Ithaca, NY 14853
United States
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