Appetite and Obesity

Key Facilities

The Human Ingestive Behaviour (Kissileff) Laboratory

The Human Ingestive Behaviour (Kissileff) Laboratory is a purpose built suite of rooms designed for the experimental study of human eating behaviour and the expression of appetite.  It provides possibly the largest dedicated academic facility of its kind in the UK. It consists of a research kitchen, assessment room, testing rooms, biological assessment lab, bioassay lab, a media analysis suite, a social eating lab and a participant lounge.

Key equipment and skills

  • iDXA for whole body composition analysis
  • Biological sampling (blood, urine, saliva, faecal and breath)
  • Automated food intake measurement and appetite evaluation
  • Observational equipment for monitoring mother-infant diads
  • Digital recording equipment and satellite television (UK and Europe) for monitoring food marketing activity.

The Brain and Behaviour Laboratory is a multi-functional and flexible facility supporting our research into the psychology of human eating behaviour. It consists of a kitchen, a Wet Lab, and cutting-edge fNIRS brain imaging and 128-channel electroencephalography systems.

Other facilities used by the group (including the Liverpool Magnetic Resonance Imaging Centre (LiMRIC)) can be found on the Department of Psychological Sciences Facility Page.

We also have considerable research capability outside of lab settings including “big data” analyses, school and community-based research, use of psychological questionnaires (paper and online) and conducting fMRI meta-analyses using dedicated software.