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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.

PLOS paper published

The first paper from the Full4Health study has been published in PLOS ONE.

Read more: PLOS paper published

FoRC Toolbox launched

The FoRC Toolbox, which allows acquiring Food-Related subject Characteristics in a standardized manner, is now available for download.

Read more: FoRC Toolbox launched



On Friday 20th of March we organise a symposium on decision-making in the food domain: from brain to behavior change.

Read more: Symposium

Brain Art Expo Hawaii

Last year, Nynke van der Laan created a photo series of edible brains, which was covered in the German popular scientific magazine "Gehirn und Geist" (see media). The photoseries has been selected to be part of the Brain Art Exhibition 2015. It will be exhibited during the OHBM conference in Hawaii in June and in Berlin and Leipzig later this year!

Read more: Brain Art Expo Hawaii

Research grant accepted!

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

Read more: Research grant accepted!

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