Leiden Psychology Blog


Tag: Food

  • Raise the age limits for junk food advertising

    Raise the age limits for junk food advertising

    How come some people find it easy not to give that fast food joint a second glance, while others find their mouth watering as soon as they see it? And do children find it even harder to resist such temptations? Maybe the answers lie in our brain?
  • Disgusted by Cheese

    Disgusted by Cheese

    Sandwiches at business lunches, cozy fondue evenings, vegetarian meals – cheese is everywhere. Scientific research now shows that a substantial proportion of the population are disgusted by this type of food, and that this disgust is reflected in the brain
  • Gut feelings

    Gut feelings

    The gut is rather a neglected organ in the human body and is mostly known for its role in digestion. However, scientists are increasingly becoming aware of the important influence of the gut system on emotions and related brain systems.
  • Eating to stop

    Eating to stop

    Lorenza Colzato | | 0
    A famous statement of the German philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach is "Der Mensch ist, was er iβt" (you are what you eat), but is it really true that the food we eat modulates the way we think and perceive the world?
  • Refueling your mental engine, cheap and easy!

    Refueling your mental engine, cheap and easy!

    Bryant Jongkees | | 2
    Ever feel like your brain is running out of fuel? Our study shows that eating the right food can give you back that edge needed to keep up your great performance. In fact, food is found to be an efficient and easy way to enhance your cognition!
  • Eating to trust

    Eating to trust

    Lorenza Colzato | | 1
    The administration of the amino acid tryptophan (TRP), contained in food such as fish, soy, eggs, and spinach, promotes interpersonal trust. This is the outcome of a study that we published in Psychological Science.
  • Decision making in the game of life

    Decision making in the game of life

    Jonathan Barnhoorn | | 0
    Recent research has revealed a causal link between serotonin levels and people’s ‘sense of fairness’. A fascinating discovery because serotonin levels are in part dependent on what we eat. So, can you eat yourself toward a fairer world?
  • The compensatory effects of food

    The compensatory effects of food

    Laura Steenbergen | | 0
    The economic crisis has resulted in many budget cuts in health care and general care programs. The population as a whole is aging, and yet we desire to stay independent as long as possible. How can we retain the cognitive abilities supporting independence?
  • A matter of taste

    A matter of taste

    Why can’t we rely on our taste buds? Why has our food become saltier, sweeter and fatter? And why is it a bad idea to have lunch behind our computer?
  • Are we what we eat?

    Are we what we eat?

    Lorenza Colzato | | 8
    'Der Mensch ist, was er iβt' (you are what you eat) is a famous quotation from the German philosopher Feuerbach, suggesting that the food one eats has a bearing on one's state of mind. Can food function as cognitive enhancer?