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Welcome to the website of the Nutritional Neuroscience Laboratory

The Nutritional Neuroscience lab is located in Utrecht, The Netherlands, and 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.

Publication NeuroImage

Floor's meta-analysis has been published in NeuroImage, read it here!

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Sweet Lies published

Many of us have the intention to watch our weight. However, we all know how dificult it is to behave in line with our intentions when a tasty morsel crosses our path. We recently published a study in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience that sheds light on this issue.

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Publication in PLOS

Many of us have loosened our belt a notch after heavy yet highly satisfying meal. But what underlying biological mechanisms actually account for the feelings of satiation after such a meal? Maartje Spetter sheds light on this issue in her most recent publication in PLOS ONE. 

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ENLP writing competition

Nynke van der Laan has won the first prize in the Writing Competition of the European Nutrition Leadership Platform seminar with her popular scientific article on neuroscience based tips for healthy eating. 

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Launch website!

Today, the website of the Nutritional Neuroscience Laboratory was launched! On this website, more information can be found about our research themes, publications, resources and who is part of our team. 

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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.