Universiteit Leiden


Tag: Food

  • Brains? Consider the gut!

    Brains? Consider the gut!

    Hippocrates once said “All disease begins in the gut”. Recent studies suggest even disorders seen as psychological or neurological may actually be related to your gut. Here’s why we should pay more attention to the link between the gut and the brain.
  • Food for switching

    Food for switching

    Doing multiple things at the same time is difficult, even if you have a little more time to switch between two tasks - as some conflict arises. We recently discovered that in this case, tyrosine helps you overcome this conflict and switch faster.
  • The Good Of Chocolate Cognition

    The Good Of Chocolate Cognition

    Jorinde Gerrmann | | 2
    “Anything is good if it’s made of chocolate” stated comedian Jo Brand. The popularity of chocolate is undeniable but what effect does the consumption of chocolate have on our cognition?
  • Getting creative through food

    Getting creative through food

    Annelies de Haan | | 2
    We tend to think that ‘being creative’ is completely beyond our control, maybe even an inborn talent – you either are or aren’t a creative person. New research indicates that eating the right kinds of food can enhance our creative abilities.
  • Eating and running your way to the right decision

    Eating and running your way to the right decision

    Frank Hezemans | | 0
    Do you ever wonder why sometimes a decision seems straightforward, but at other times takes hours of deliberation? Some simple lifestyle choices might help you solve your everyday dilemmas!
  • Eating to stop

    Eating to stop

    A famous statement of the German philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach is "Der Mensch ist, was er iβt" (you are what you eat), but is it really true that the food we eat modulates the way we think and perceive the world?
  • Refueling your mental engine, cheap and easy!

    Refueling your mental engine, cheap and easy!

    Ever feel like your brain is running out of fuel? Our study shows that eating the right food can give you back that edge needed to keep up your great performance. In fact, food is found to be an efficient and easy way to enhance your cognition!
  • Eating to trust

    Eating to trust

    The administration of the amino acid tryptophan (TRP), contained in food such as fish, soy, eggs, and spinach, promotes interpersonal trust. This is the outcome of a study that we published in Psychological Science.
  • Decision making in the game of life

    Decision making in the game of life

    Jonathan Barnhoorn | | 1
    Recent research has revealed a causal link between serotonin levels and people’s ‘sense of fairness’. A fascinating discovery because serotonin levels are in part dependent on what we eat. So, can you eat yourself toward a fairer world?
  • The compensatory effects of food

    The compensatory effects of food

    The economic crisis has resulted in many budget cuts in health care and general care programs. The population as a whole is aging, and yet we desire to stay independent as long as possible. How can we retain the cognitive abilities supporting independence?
  • Are we what we eat?

    Are we what we eat?

    'Der Mensch ist, was er iβt' (you are what you eat) is a famous quotation from the German philosopher Feuerbach, suggesting that the food one eats has a bearing on one's state of mind. Can food function as cognitive enhancer?