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Friday 30-July-10

Persuading with food

I have two dogs, both of whom like food and would eat all day, given the chance. This is good news, as I have associated eating with good behaviour by using conditioning during their training.

Sales people and seducers also know that a nice meal weakens the will and eases compliance. How many major deals have been sealed over a sumptuous lunch? And how often have games of kneesy under the dinner table led to subsequent bedroom romps? It's not just the food: research has shown that people served the same food in upmarket and downmarket establishments actually believe the food in the posher places taste better.

Food also changes mood and behaviour. A study in Cricket Green, London, of behaviour of children with special needs has show that a 'good' diet and regular exercise led to a marked reduction in hyperactivity. I appreciate this personally: when our daughter was young we found that green fizzy drinks led quickly to an excited and uncontrollable state.

It is not surprising really. Mind and body are strongly linked and the chemicals you eat will of course affect brain chemistry. The lesson is plain: eat well, think well, feel well.


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