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Mei Peng, University of Otago, New Zealand

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Dr. Mei Peng is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago, New Zealand. She has led the establishment of the Otago Sensory Neuroscience Laboratory, where she has undertaken a number of high-profile, multi-disciplinary studies that address a wide range of sensory-related challenges, such as the management of obesity and depression.  She has been recently awarded the most prestigious research grant in New Zealand – the Marsden Research Fund – to develop a novel project on “Searching for multi-sensory fingerprints”. Dr. Peng is also a found member of the Asian Sensory Network, and an active committee member of the Australasian sensory group, having recently chaired the NZOZ Sensory and Consumer Science Symposium.

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Talk: Searching for a multi-sensory fingerprint – a personalised index for hedonic eating

While strong physiological mechanisms combine to maintain energy balance, fighting the desire to over-indulge can be a major challenge in the modern food environment, where high caloric foods are omnipresent. Intriguingly, some people are substantially more susceptible to this ‘obesogenic’ food environment than others. How and why individuals exhibit distinct consumption behaviours and food choices represent an ongoing key research question in the Sensory Science.

My presentation will give an overview of recent developments in understanding sensory links to individual food choices, and share my group’s recent journey of searching for a multi-sensory fingerprint. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, we hope to add insights into understanding inter-individual differences in food choices and tendency of hedonic eating.

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