Food Neophobia

Food Neophobia

Behavioral and Biological Influences

1st Edition - January 2, 2018

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  • Editor: Steve Reilly
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081019313
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081019320

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Food Neophobia: Behavioral and Biological Influences brings together academic and applied studies to give a comprehensive overview of this topic in both sensory and consumer science and pediatric psychology. The effects of food neophobia can have a huge impact on children’s lives and an influence across their lifespan. Split into two main sections, the book focuses on both the environmental and biological aspects of food neophobia. It covers social, contextual and psychosocial factors that affect food neophobia. Sensory aspects of food neophobia are covered with chapters on disgust and sensation seeking, and genetic and evolutionary influences are also thoroughly discussed. The book is essential reading for academic researchers studying food neophobia from a sensory, consumer science and psychological perspective. It will also be of value to food product developers, especially those working on products for children. Finally, healthcare professionals treating patients suffering from food neophobia will be able to gain greater insight into this condition.

Key Features

  • Covers the environmental and social influences on food neophobia
  • Focuses on food neophobia in children and its effects on lifespan
  • Includes discussions on the sensory elements of food neophobia, such as disgust and sensation seeking
  • Provides treatment protocols for food neophobia


Academic researchers studying food neophobia; Sensory and consumer scientists; Industrial sensory and consumer insight managers and product developers within food companies; Psychologists and psychology students; Professionals treating patients suffering from food neophobia

Table of Contents

  • Part I: Non-Human Animal Research
    1. Social Influences on Food Neophobia
    2. Taste Neophobia over the Life Span
    3. Stimulus-Stimulus Interactions and the Habituation of Neophobia
    4. Context and Taste Neophobia
    5. Palatability and the Neural Substrates of Taste Neophobia
    6. Neuorbiology of Neophobia and Its Attenuation
    7. The Insular Cortext and Taste Novelty
    8. Dopamine and Taste Novelty

    Part II: Human Perspective
    9. Conceptualization and Measurement of Human Food Neophobia
    10. Neophobia at 20 Months: A Visual Categorisation Problem?
    11. Multi-Sensory Evaluation and the Neophobia Food Response
    12. Genetic and Environmental Influences on Food Neophobia
    13. Food Neophobia in Children and Its Relationship with Parental Feeding Practices/Style
    14. Food Neophobia and Its Association with Diet Quality and Weight Status in Children
    15. The Origins of Disordered Eating and Childhood Food Neophobia: Applying an Anxiety Perspective
    16. Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder: An Eating Disorder on a Spectrum with Food Neophobia
    17. Neophobia in Children with Special Needs: Selective Eating and Its Treatment

Product details

  • No. of pages: 430
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2018
  • Published: January 2, 2018
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081019313
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081019320

About the Editor

Steve Reilly

Prof. Steve Reilly obtained his D.Phil. from the University of York, England, for research concerning the neural basis of learning and memory. He has held positions in Canada and the USA (Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine) and since 1996, has been in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of over 75 published articles on taste aversion and food neophobia, as well as being the co-editor of two books.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Illinois, Chicago, USA

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