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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. 

NOTICE: This website will be discontinued by the end of 2021. Resources can still be found at the OSF project pages of Paul Smeets.

Research grant accepted!

A research grant for a 1,5 year project of the Food Cognition and Behavior round of NWO recently got accepted!

The grant was written by Nynke, Paul and the company Neurensics. In this collaborative project, we will develop a realistic fMRI-compatible virtual food choice environment to test the effectiveness and neural underpinnings of healthy eating interventions. 

Click here for the news-article of NWO (in Dutch).

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