Damien FoinantUniversity Bourgogne Franche-Comté · Department of Psychology
Doctor of Psychology
Postdoctoral researcher in developmental psychology and eating behaviors at Institut Paul Bocuse Research Center
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Citations since 2017
6 Research Items
I am interested in food cognition and behaviors. In particular, my research investigates how young children develop mental representations of food and which dimensions are relevant to their food concept(s). I also study the interplay of cognitive (executive functions) and behavioral (food rejections) interindividual differences in children’s food conceptual development.
Preschoolers’ neophobic dispositions mainly target fruits and vegetables. They received a great deal of attention in the past decades as these dispositions represent the main psychological barrier to dietary variety. Recently, children’s food neophobia has been found to be negatively correlated with their categorization performance (i.e., the accur...
This study examined the associations between the two main kinds of food rejection, neophobia and pickiness, and executive functions in young children. Caregivers of children (n = 240) aged 3-6 years completed measures of their children's food neophobia and pickiness. A battery of tests measured children's executive functions and world knowledge. Ch...
Food neophobia and pickiness are two strong psychological obstacles to young children’s consumption of fruits and vegetables, which are necessary components of a diet that facilitates normal and healthy development. It is therefore of critical importance to investigate the cognitive underpinnings of these two kinds of food rejection to promote the...
In this study, preschool children were tested in a food versus nonfood categorization task. We studied the influence of edibility cues such as food processing (whole versus sliced items) on children's categorization abilities. We also correlated children's categorization performance and strategy with their food rejection scores (neophobia). 137 chi...
Children’s reasoning on food properties and health relationships contribute to healthier food choices. Food properties can either be positive (“gives strength”) or negative (“gives nausea”). One of the main challenges in public health is to foster children’s dietary variety, contributing to normal and healthy development. To face this challenge, it...
From early ages, children build concepts of food categories, classify foods according to various points of view (e.g., taxonomic or thematic), and reason about them (e.g., Nguyen, 2008; Nguyen & Murphy, 2003). However, theory-based reasoning regarding food seems to develop more slowly than categorization. Even adults refer to poorly-articulated exp...