Food Neophobia - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081019313

Food Neophobia

1st Edition

Behavioral and Biological Influences

Editors: Steve Reilly
Paperback ISBN: 9780081019313
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 1st January 2018
Page Count: 400
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Table of Contents

Part I: Environmental Aspects of Food Neophobia
1. Environmental Influences on Food Neophobia
2. Social Influences of on Food Neophobia
3. Context and Food Neophobia
4. Measurement of Food Neophobia
5. Food Neophobia in Children
6. Food Neophobia over the Lifespan
7. Psychosocial Factors and Food Neophobia
8. Food Neophobia and Disgust
9. Food Neophobia and Sensation Seeking
10. Food Neophobia in Affective/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder
11. Treatments for Food Neophobia
12. Addressing Childhood Neophobia

Part II: Biological Aspects of Food Neophobia
13. Genetic Influences on Food Neophobia
14. Evolutionary Explanations for the Existence of Food Neophobia
15. CS-CS Processing During the Attenuation of Neophobia
16. Palatability and Neural Substrates
17. Neurobiology of Neophobia
18. Insular Cortex and Taste Novelty


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, context and psychosocial factors that affect food neophobia. Sensory aspects of the phobia 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 affects 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


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About the Editors

Steve Reilly Editor

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