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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

We developed a standardised food image set. 

If you want to use the images, please read the information below carefully:

Creative Commons Licence
Full4Health Image Collection by University Medical Center Utrecht is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Based on a work at http://www.nutritionalneuroscience.eu.

By agreeing with the license and the terms below, you will be granted permission to download and use the images from the Full4Health Collection.

The Applicant Agrees:

(1) To give proper credit for the image(s) in publications and presentations. The credit line in publications should read: Standardized [food] images used in the [fMRI] task were provided by the Image Sciences Institute, UMC Utrecht, and created 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, and the I.Family project (http://www.ifamilystudy.eu), grant agreement nr. 266044.

In addition, the following article should be cited: 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

(2) To supply P.A.M. Smeets of the Image Sciences Institute, UMC Utrecht with a digital copy (pdf) of any printed or published work in which the images where used by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The images have been used in the following papers:

  • F. van Meer, L.N. van der Laan, M.A. Viergever, R.A.H. Adan, P.A.M. Smeets. "Considering healthiness promotes healthier choices but modulates medial prefrontal cortex differently in children compared with adults", NeuroImage, 2017, vol 159, pp. 325-333.
  • S.E.M. De Bruijn, Y.C. De vries, C. De Graaf, S. Boesveldt, G. Jager, "The reliability and validity of the Macronutrient and Taste Preferences Ranking Task: A new method to measure food preferences", Food Quality and Preference, 2017, vol 57, pp. 32-40.  
  • F. van Meer, L.N. van der Laan, L. Charbonnier, M.A. Viergever, R.A.H. Adan, P.A.M. Smeets, "Developmental differences in the brain response to unhealthy food cues: an fMRI study of children and adults", American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2016, nr. 6, vol. 104, pp. 1515-1522.
  • L.N. van der Laan, M.E. Barendse, M.A. Viergever, P.A.M. Smeets, "Subtypes of trait impulsivity differentially correlate with neural responses to food choices", Behavioral Brain Research, 2016, vol. 296, pp. 442-450; doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2015.09.026.
  • L. Charbonnier, L.N. van der Laan, M.A. Viergever, P.A.M. Smeets, "Functional MRI of challenging food choices: forced choice between equally liked high- and low-calorie foods in the absence of hunger", PLoS One, 10(7): e0131727 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0131727
  • L.N. van der Laan, D.T.D. de Ridder, M.A. Viergever, P.A.M. Smeets, "Activation in inhibitory brain regions during food choice correlates with temptation strength and self-regulatory success in weight-concerned women", Frontiers in Neuroscience, 2014, vol. 8, p. 308.
  • L.N. van der Laan, D.T.D. de Ridder, L. Charbonnier, M.A. Viergever, P.A.M. Smeets, "Sweet lies: neural, visual, and behavioral measures reveal a lack of self-control conflict during food choice in weight-concerned women", Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 2014, vol. 8, p. 184.

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.