Nynke van der Laan

Nynke van der Laan (1984) worked as a postdoc at the Image Sciences Institute of the UMC Utrecht till August 2017. She has a background in nutrition science and epidemiology. Her PhD work aimed at establishing the potential of implicit markers (brain activation, visual attention and reaction times) to 1) predict food choice and 2) to gain more insight into the decision-making processes underlying food choice. She has investigated the neural background of food choice and psychological determinants underlying food choice, such as self-control. Another line of research focused on the role of visual attention and visual attributes (e.g., packaging cues) in consumer choice. The project was a collaboration between FrieslandCampina, University of Twente, The Netherlands, and the Image Sciences Institute. Currently, she is involved in the Nudge-It project and the VIRTUE project. The Nudge-It project is a large European collaborative project on the Neurobiology of eating behavior. This project involves the development of a data-sharing and analysis platform for nutritional neuroscience data and a measurement toolbox for consumer data. The VIRTUE project is a collaboration between the UMCU and the neuromarketing research agency Neurensics. In the project, realistic fMRI-compatible virtual food choice environment will be developed to test the effectiveness and neural underpinnings of healthy eating interventions. Furthermore, she received a seeding grant for research on the effect of sleep deprivation on food-related self-control. Her research interests focus on the processes underlying consumer choice as a whole, and more specifically the factors influencing the healthy choice. She likes to work on multidisciplinary topics, combining (consumer-)psychology, biology and neuroscience.

Nynke has developed the FORC toolbox and the NeuroShop Virtual supermarket

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Publications

L.N. van der Laan, E.K. Papies, I.T.C. Hooge, P.A.M. Smeets, "Goal-directed visual attention drives health goal priming: An eye-tracking experiment", Health Psychology, 2017, nr. 1, vol. 36, pp. 82-90.

L.N. van der Laan, L. Charbonnier, S. Griffioen-Roose, F.M. Kroese, I. van Rijn, P.A.M. Smeets, "Supersize my brain: a cross-sectional voxel-based morphometry study on the association between self-reported dietary restraint and regional grey matter volumes", Biological Psychology, 2016, vol. 117, pp. 108-116; doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2016.03.007.

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, F. van Meer, L.N. van der Laan, M.A. Viergever, P.A.M. Smeets, "Standardized food images: A photographing protocol and image database", Appetite, 2016, vol. 96, pp. 166-173.

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. 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, P.A.M. Smeets "You are what you eat: a neuroscience perspective on consumers' personal characteristics as determinants of food choice", Current Opinions in Food Science,, Current Opinion in Food Science, 2015, vol. 3, pp. 11-18. 

F. van Meer, L.N. van der Laan, R.A.H. Adan, M.A. Viergever, P.A.M. Smeets, "What you see is what you eat: an ALE meta-analysis on the neural correlates of food viewing in children and adolescents", NeuroImage, 2015, vol. 104, pp. 35-43.

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, I.T.C. Hooge, D.T.D. de Ridder, M.A. Viergever, P.A.M. Smeets, "Do you like what you see? The role of first fixation and total fixation duration in consumer choice", Food Quality & Preference, 2015, vol. 39, p. 46.

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.

L.N. van der Laan, D.T.D. de Ridder, M.A. Viergever, P.A.M. Smeets, "Appearance matters: Neural correlates of food choice and packaging aesthetics", PLOS ONE, 2012, nr. 7, vol. 7, p. e41738.

P.A.M. Smeets, L. Charbonnier, F. van Meer, L.N. van der Laan, M.S. Spetter, "Food-induced brain responses and eating behaviour", Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 2012, nr. 4, vol. 71, pp. 511-20..

L.N. van der Laan, D.T.D. de Ridder, M.A. Viergever, P.A.M. Smeets, "The first taste is always with the eyes: A meta-analysis on the neural correlates of visual food cues.", NeuroImage, 2011, vol. 55, pp. 296-303.

P.A.M. Smeets, L.N. van der Laan, "Satiety. Not the problem, nor a solution. Comment on ‘Satiety. No way to slim’", Appetite, 2011, nr. 3, vol. 57, pp. 772-773.

G.G. Zeinstra, M.A. Koelen, F.J. Kok, L.N. van der Laan, C. de Graaf, "Parental child-feeding strategies in relation to Dutch children’s fruit and vegetable intake", Public Health Nutrition, 2010, nr. 6, vol. 13, pp. 787-796.

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Research from the Nutritional Neuroscience Lab was funded by grants from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)

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