Paul Smeets

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Dr. Paul Smeets

  • translational research
  • environmental risks
+31 88 75 53172
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Paul Smeets is associate professor at the UMC Utrecht and has a background in Behavioral Biology. His PhD work, at the Image Sciences Institute (ISI), aimed at finding biomarkers of satiety in the human brain, using functional MRI. Currently, he works at ISI / UMC Utrecht and at the Division of Human Nutrition of Wageningen University. The central theme in his research is the decision to eat, which is taken in the brain on the basis of multiple neural as well as hormonal signals. Research topics include the neural correlates of taste, satiety and (un)healthy food choice, gut-brain interactions, effects of personality characteristics on food-induced brain responses and functional neuroimaging in anorexia nervosa.

Research line and group

Research line
Nutritional and Translational Neuroscience
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Most recent key publications

  • Charbonnier L, van der Laan LN, Viergever MA, Smeets PA. Functional MRI of Challenging Food Choices: Forced Choice between Equally Liked High- and Low-Calorie Foods in the Absence of Hunger. PLoS One. 2015 Jul 13;10(7):e0131727. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0131727. eCollection 2015.
  • Sanders N, Smeets PA, van Elburg AA, Danner UN, van Meer F, Hoek HW, Adan RA. Altered food-cue processing in chronically ill and recovered women with anorexia nervosa. Front Behav Neurosci. 2015 Feb 27;9:46. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2015.00046. eCollection 2015
  • van Meer F, van der Laan LN, Adan RA, Viergever MA, Smeets PA. What you see is what you eat: an ALE meta-analysis of the neural correlates of food viewing in children and adolescents. Neuroimage. 2015 Jan 1;104:35-43. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.09.069
  • van der Laan LN, de Ridder DT, Charbonnier L, Viergever MA, Smeets PA. Sweet lies: neural, visual, and behavioral measures reveal a lack of self-control conflict during food choice in weight-concerned women. Front Behav Neurosci. 2014 May 22;8:184. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2014.00184. eCollection 2014
  • Spetter MS, de Graaf C, Mars M, Viergever MA, Smeets PA. The sum of its parts--effects of gastric distention, nutrient content and sensory stimulation on brain activation. PLoS One. 2014 Mar 10;9(3):e90872. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0090872. eCollection 2014