ESR1 New methodologies for studying intrinsic and extrinsic parameters influencing children’s food choice (preadolescents)

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The project of ESR 1 is within WP3 (and to a lesser extent WP2 & WP4)

Objectives:

(1) To develop age-specific new methods and/or to adapt existing methods from other fields to the study of complex parameters underlying food choice in preadolescents; (2) To develop methods for better understanding the influence of product intrinsic (sensory) and extrinsic parameters, in particular related to nutritional properties, in preadolescents’ food choice; (3) To link intrinsic and extrinsic parameters to the preferences and the perception of healthfulness

Expected results:

This ESR project will establish research-based knowledge on suitable food testing procedures for children, aimed at the development of healthy food products (by the food industry) and at better understanding of children’s’ perception of food (at an academic level). The project will produce age-specific recommendations for collecting data about children and food choice. 3 papers submitted.

Planned secondments:

(1) Applied secondment in the public sector at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, for 3 months, to make a review on policies on children and health. (2) Academic secondment in UdelaR, for 4 months, to explore psychophysiology methodologies (with the use of mobile eye tracking) coupled to categorization or choice tasks, with children, to better understand the interrelation of intrinsic and extrinsic cues in food choice. (3) Academic secondment with UNIFI, for 2 months, to explore methods derived from semiotics, like sorting/projective mapping with the use of images to map non-sensory aspects of food choice.

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