HNH-30306 Psychobiology of Food Choice and Eating Behaviour


Studiepunten 6.00

Group work12
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. VWT de Wild
dr. G Jager
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. C de Graaf
dr. ir. M Mars
dr. PAM Smeets
dr. G Jager
dr. S Boesveldt
EH Zandstra
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. C de Graaf
dr. G Jager

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Courses on social/behavioral aspects of nutrition in the first two years of the BSc programma in Nutrition and Health; HNH-20306 Nutrition Behaviour.

Continuation courses:

Theses in Nutrition and Health; Food Technology; Marketing and Consumer Sciences.


This course is focused on recent development in Nutrition Behaviour Research. The course will contain several parts:
- 20 lectures;
- group assignment: students can choose one out of six possible topics illustrated by a case study, and will work in small groups (5-6 persons), with the objective to create a webbased knowledge base on the topic;
- a computer practical where students will learn the basics of E-Prime®, a software program to create and run computerized questionnaires and experiments. 

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

- understand physiological and psychological determinants of food choice and eating behaviour, and be able to reproduce, explain and apply this knowledge
- understand the complexity and multidisciplinary of many important issues in the psychobiology of food choice and eating behaviour. The group assignment aims at students display their ability to focus on different perspectives (e.g. nutritional, medical, social, psychological) and formulate a clear summary of relevant knowledge as part of a collectively built knowledgebase that contains knowledge elements from different perspectives;
- apply skills in work planning, organization and division amongst group members, as well as time management, planning and presentation skills;
- as a group collectively create a knowledge base, using new media in the blackboard environment (e.g. wiki or comparable format);
- describe the most important characteristics of nutrition behaviour and food choice using cultural, social, psychological and biological models;
- design and construct simple questionnaires and experimental tasks which measures social psychological determinants of food choice;
- present a comprehensive summary of their practical work to the participating staff.


- attend lectures;
- attend computer practical and finish PC assignments;
- group work.


The assessment of this course will be based on:
- a written exam  (80%):
- a webbased knowledge base built on the topic of choice for the group assignment (20%).


A Course book (E-book, free download) will be available via WUR library will. A course reader and all additional literature, documentation and tasks will be provided in Brightspace.

Keuze voor: MFTFood TechnologyMScE: Spec. E - Food Digestion and Health5MO
MFTFood TechnologyMScG: Spec. G - Sensory Science5MO
MNHNutrition and HealthMScD: Spec. D - Sensory Science5MO
MNHNutrition and HealthMScC: Spec. C - Molecular Nutrition and Toxicology5MO
MNHNutrition and HealthMScA: Spec. A - Nutritional and Public Health Epidemiology5MO
MNHNutrition and HealthMScE: Spec. E - Systems Approach for Sustainable and Healthy Diets5MO
MNHNutrition and HealthMScB: Spec. B - Nutritional Physiology and Health Status5MO
Keuze voor: WUQFSBSc Minor Quantified Self5MO