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  • Our main research method is functional MRI. Click on the image to read more about our research.

Welcome to the website of the Nutritional Neuroscience Laboratory

The Nutritional Neuroscience lab studies the neural correlates of taste, satiety and (unhealthy) food choice, gut-brain interactions, effects of personality characteristics on food-induced brain responses and functional neuroimaging in anorexia nervosa. For more details about our research, recent publications, or our team, check the corresponding pages in the menu above. On our Resources page, you can download stimuli and tasks developed in our laboratory.

F4H Image Collection

The Full4Health Image Collection is a set of standardized food and non-food images created by the Image Sciences Institute, UMC Utrecht, The Netherlands as part of the Full4Health project (www.full4health.eu) funded by the European Union Seventh Framework Program (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement nr. 266408. The set was expanded as part of the I.Family project (http://www.ifamilystudy.eu), grant agreement nr. 266044.

Details can be found in Charbonnier L, van Meer F, van der Laan LN, Viergever MA, Smeets PA (2016) Standardized food images: A photographing protocol and image database. Appetite 96:166–173. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2015.08.041

The image set is currently provided at the OSF under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. DOI 10.17605/OSF.IO/CX7TP

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Nutritional Neuroscience Toolbox

This online toolbox provides a collection of nutritional neuroscience resources such as software, standardized images and fMRI tasks that are freely shared for research purposes. This has been made possible by European Union funding under Grant Agreement 607310 (Nudge-it). 

Measurement toolbox: FoRC Platform

To measure Food-Related subject Characteristics (e.g., personality characteristics) we developed the FoRC toolbox.

Standardized food images: F4H Image Collection

A set of standardized food and non-food images for use in (fMRI) tasks. Download through this page.

fMRI tasks

Scripts for food viewing, food choice, odor, taste and consumption fMRI tasks (and more).

Virtual supermarket & Neuroshop fMRI task

A free virtual supermarket and associated fMRI choice task providing a more realistic food choice context.

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The Nutritional Neuroscience Lab is affiliated with the Image Sciences Institute of the UMC Utrecht, The Netherlands.