754351 Psychology of nutrition

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Dürrschmid, Klaus
Offered in
Wintersemester 2023/24
Languages of instruction


Biological and non-biological approaches will be described and discussed. Central topics are hunger and satiation, regulation theories, sensory, genetical and situational factors influencing food choice. How perception, experience and behavior are influenced and manipulated in gastronomy and supermarkets will be discussed. Another topics are the foundations of hedonic experience between pleasure and disgust and how preferences and aversions develop. Examples come from food taboos, strange food and food of subcultures. Important topics are also overweight and obesity, restrained eating, eating disorders, alcohol abuse and selected goals in nutrition. Gender aspects and ecological implications will be discussed in most topics.

Previous knowledge expected

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

This lecture aims at understanding nutritional psychology as a science of eating and drinking in everyday life. Participants get an overview of goals and areas of nutritional psychology, they understand the different research approaches and know the principles of methods and techniques.
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