Kees de Graaf, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Kees (C ) de Graaf is professor in Sensory Science and Eating Behavior at the Division of Human Nutrition & Health of Wageningen University, the Netherlands. His chair group has about 5 fte scientific staff and about 20 PhD fellows. The mission of the group is “to make healthy choice the happy choice”. Since 2014, he is responsible for the 2 year MSc program on Sensory Science in Wageningen, which includes technological, biological, psychological and sensometric approaches to sensory science.
De Graaf is educated as a nutritionist and obtained his MSc-degree in Wageningen in 1982. In 1988 he defended his Ph.D thesis that focused on the taste intensity perception of mixtures of taste substances. De Graaf has published about 250 scientific papers, mostly on the psychobiology of eating behaviour. His h-index is 51. Research and teaching activities focus on the meaning of sensory signals, such as taste, odor, and texture for eating behaviour and the regulation of energy intake. His attention focuses on different groups of people (children, elderly, normal weight – overweight people), the effects of properties of food on choice and intake while using modern techniques of measurement (e.g. MRI; behavioural observation techniques). De Graaf is associate editor of the scientific journal Food Quality and Preference, and section editor of Physiology and Behavior.
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