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The Neurobiology of Decision-Making in Eating - Innovative Tools

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 607310

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2014

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 12 370 203,57

  • EU contribution

    € 8 984 471

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

Objective

Nudge-it engages internationally leading experts in the neurobiology of motivational behaviour, the neuroscience of reward pathways, the neuroendocrinology of homeostatic regulation of appetite, experimental psychology, functional brain imaging, behavioural economics, and computational modelling. They will work together to develop new tools and approaches that can provide the evidence needed to inform effective policies on healthy eating. Effort will be focussed in four areas of particular importance for policy:
i) early life experience: how the choices we make as adults are influenced by stress and poor nutrition in early life.
ii) habitual eating behaviour: the life-long learning process and how it is moderated by homeostatic mechanisms;
iii) impulsive choice behaviour: the momentary choices we make to eat high energy or low energy foods, depending on hunger state and reward value, and upon price and availability;
iv) the role of environmental context in decision-making processes: how day-to-day choices and preferences are affected by socio-economic status, stress, and mood.
Development work will involve refinements of experimental approaches and tools in both human behavioural studies, neuroimaging, and translational animal studies. A focus will be on tools that provide ‘bridges’ that link understanding at different levels and in different domains, and which contribute to building predictive models with strong explanatory power that can contribute to policy formulation. A powerful strategy for dissemination of outcomes to relevant groups, including by a massive open online course, will ensure impact.
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

Address

Old College, South Bridge
Eh8 9yl Edinburgh

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 2 403 431,04

Administrative Contact

Kennedy Alan (Dr.)

Participants (10)

UNIVERSITAIR MEDISCH CENTRUM UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 1 422 245

GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 1 184 296

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 509 775

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 749 138

EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 594 700

UNIVERSITAT ZURICH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 618 392

COPENHAGEN BUSINESS SCHOOL

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 509 484

ARTINIS MEDICAL SYSTEMS BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 184 194

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM MUENCHEN DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUER GESUNDHEIT UND UMWELT GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 51 300

EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 757 515,96

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 607310

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2014

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 12 370 203,57

  • EU contribution

    € 8 984 471

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

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