Social influences on food intake

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Social factors play a key role in determining what and how much people eat, but relatively little is known about the “who,” “what,” “when,” and “why” of social influences on food intake. In this project, we will address questions such as: why do people eat more when eating in groups than when eating alone, and under what circumstances do people use (or not use) social cues to determine how much to eat? Developing a better understanding of how social factors influence people’s food intake is a crucial part of improving people’s eating habits and improving their overall health and well-being.

IDEAL CANDIDATE

The ideal candidate will have a background in health/social psychology, nutrition, or related field, with a strong interest in eating behaviour. The candidate will be self-motivated, have experience with experimental designs, and have strong statistical and writing skills.
Supervisory team
Lenny
Vartanian

Science
Psychology
Kate
Faasse

Science
Psychology
Suzanne
Higgs

University of Birmingham (UK)
School of Psychology
l.vartanian@unsw.edu.au