This project investigates the mechanisms linking mastication and attention to satiation, enabling activities that could directly reduce the prevalence of unhealthy eating habits including overeating. The results can be applied immediately by both the food industry and public health practitioners to benefit the health and wellbeing of the individual as well as the sustainability and health of society. Additionally, the project will inform future product or strategy development by determining the relative contribution of different oral processing and attention factors for satiation.

Project Objectives

  1. To disentangle the effects of oro-sensory signalling and mastication on satiation through the study of cephalic-phase responses, and peripheral (hormones) and central (fMRI) biomarkers of satiation (WP1).
  2. To elucidate the effects of distraction on satiation by identifying its effects on oro-sensory processing and value-based choices, using peripheral (hormone) biomarkers of satiation and fMRI (WP2).
  3. Validate these lab findings in a real life setting with the help of smart-phone applications (WP3).

Integrate all measures in a model system predicting satiation in the lab and at home

Start- enddate


Funding source

NWO: Food, Cognition and Behaviour grant

Coordinating Organisation  Wageningen University
Name  Paul Smeets
E-mail  paul.smeets@wur.nl
Website http://www.satiation.org/

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