Fully Funded PhD Scholarship in Psychology at the University of Sheffield: Food Perceptions, Eating Behaviour and Individual Differences

University of Sheffield - Department of Psychology

This is one of many projects in competition for the current funding opportunities available within the Department of Psychology

Project title: Food perceptions, eating behaviour and individual differences


Primary supervisor: Dr Nicola Buckland

Project description: Perceptions about foods, for example, the extent to which a food is perceived as healthy, satiating or useful for weight management, can influence food intake. However, little is understood about the determinants of food perceptions, the impact of perceptions on eating behaviour and how perceptions differ across individual differences. The current research will build on a recently established methodology to assess food perceptions to (i) explore the determinants of food perceptions; (ii) understand the relationship between food perceptions and eating behaviour and; (iii) examine the extent to which perceptions differ across individual differences, such as comparing dieters’ and non-dieters’ perceptions about foods.

Relevant papers:

Buckland NJ, James Stubbs R, Finlayson G. Towards a satiety map of common foods: Associations between perceived satiety value of 100 foods and their objective and subjective attributes. Physiology and Behavior. 2015; 152 ():340-346.

Buckland NJ, Dalton M, Stubbs RJ, Hetherington MM, Blundell JE, Finlayson G. Associations between nutritional properties of food and consumer perceptions related to weight management. Food Quality and Preference. 2015; 45 ():18-25.

Start date: 1 October 2018

Requirements: Applicants must have a minimum of a first class or high upper second-class undergraduate honours degree and a distinction or high merit at Masters level in psychology or a related discipline.

Funding: Tuition fees £4194 per year Living Expenses £14,500.00

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For further details and the application process please visit: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/psychology/prospectivepg/phd/funding

Closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday 24 January 2018

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