Dr Samantha Caton
BSc (Hons), M.Med.Sci, PhD
School of Health and Related Research
+44 114 222 4198
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I am a biological Psychologist with an interest in the broad areas of obesity, appetite regulation and nutrition. My first degree was in Psychology (University of Leeds) followed by a Masters degree in Human Nutrition (University of Sheffield).
I undertook my PhD at the University of Liverpool, studying the effects of alcohol on appetite regulation and energy balance. My PhD allowed me to combine both Psychology and Human Nutrition.
I joined the Section of Public Health as a Lecturer in October 2013. Prior to this I was a lecturer in Biopsychology and Neuroscience at the University of Bradford.
I have held post-doctoral positions both internationally and nationally; Germany (Ludwig Maximillians Universität, Munich, Department of Endocrinology), USA (Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, Department of Psychology) and most recently in the UK (University of Leeds, Institute of Psychological Sciences).
- Research interests
- Promotion of healthful eating in pre-school children.
- Infant feeding behaviour.
- Effect of alcohol on appetite and body weight regulation.
- Promotion of vegetable intake in pre-school children. I am currently involved, via my honorary fellowship at the University of Leeds, in an EU (FP7) funded project, "HabEat: Determining factors and critical periods in food Habit formation and breaking in Early childhood: a multidisciplinary approach" The work package that I am directly involved in is undertaken at the Human Appetite Research Unit Infant Lab, Institute of Psychological Sciences with Professor Marion Hetherington
- Early prevention: responsive feeding in pre-school children. This work is undertaken as part of an ESRC White Rose Collaborative studentship.
This person does not have any publications available.
- Snack portion sizes for preschool children are predicted by caregiver portion size, caregiver feeding practices and children's eating traits. Nutrients, 11(12). View this article in WRRO
- Maternal decisions on portion size and portion control strategies for snacks in preschool children. Nutrients, 11(12). View this article in WRRO
- Colour as a cue to eat : effects of plate colour on snack intake in pre-school children. Food Quality and Preference. View this article in WRRO
- Endoplasmic reticulum stress may be involved in insulin resistance and lipid metabolism disorders of the white adipose tissues induced by high-fat diet containing industrial trans-fatty acids. Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy, 12, 1625-1638. View this article in WRRO
- The effect of food type on the portion size effect in children aged 2- 12 years: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Appetite, 137, 47-61. View this article in WRRO
- The eyes have it: infant gaze as an indicator of hunger and satiation.. Appetite, 133, 353-361. View this article in WRRO
- The effects of repeated exposure and variety on vegetable intake in pre-school children. Appetite, 132, 37-43. View this article in WRRO
- Can Reduced Intake Associated with Downsizing a High Energy Dense Meal Item be Offset by Increased Vegetable Variety in 3–5-year-old Children?. Nutrients, 10(12). View this article in WRRO
- The Feasibility and Acceptability of Two Methods of Snack Portion Control in United Kingdom (UK) Preschool Children: Reduction and Replacement. Nutrients. View this article in WRRO
- Understanding the science of portion control and the art of downsizing. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. View this article in WRRO
- How Infants and Young Children Learn About Food: A Systematic Review. Frontiers in Psychology, 8. View this article in WRRO
- Communicating hunger and satiation in the first 2years of life: a systematic review. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 12, 205-228. View this article in WRRO
- Alcohol, Appetite and Loss of Restraint. Current Obesity Reports, 4(1), 99-105.
- Alcohol, Appetite and Loss of Restraint.. Current obesity reports.
- The root of the problem: increasing root vegetable intake in preschool children by repeated exposure and flavour flavour learning. Appetite, 80, 154-160.
- Increasing pre-school children’s liking for a novel vegetable. A comparison of flavour flavour learning and repeated exposure. Appetite, 71, 470-470.
- Eating a Rainbow. Introducing vegetables in the first years of life in 3 European countries. Appetite, 71, 48-56.
- Repetition counts: Repeated exposure increases intake of a novel vegetable in UK pre-school children compared to flavour-flavour and flavour-nutrient learning. British Journal of Nutrition, 109(11), 2089-2097.
- Vegetable intake and liking in pre-school children. A cross cultural comparison of three European countries. Appetite, 59(2), 619-619.
- Mere exposure increases intake of a novel vegetable in pre-school children. Appetite, 59(2), 622-622.
- Low-carbohydrate high-fat diets in combination with daily exercise in rats: Effects on body weight regulation, body composition and exercise capacity. Physiology and Behavior, 106(2), 185-192.
- Vegetables by stealth. An exploratory study investigating the introduction of vegetables in the weaning period. Appetite, 57(3), 816-825.
- Acute effects of alcohol on appetite, energy intake and energy balance..
- Low-carbohydrate High-fat Diets: Regulation of Energy Balance and Body Weight Regain in Rats. Obesity, 17(2), 283-289.
- The relationship between alexithymia and salivary cortisol levels in somatoform disorders. Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, 62(5), 366-373.
- A highly sensitive immunofluorometric assay for the measurement of aldosterone in small sample volumes: validation in mouse serum. Journal of Endocrinology, 196(2), 215-224.
- Effects of a low-carbohydrate high-fat diet on body weight development, body composition and growth hormone/IGF-1 axis in rats. EXPERIMENTAL AND CLINICAL ENDOCRINOLOGY & DIABETES, 115(8), 545-545.
- Eat fat, get fat?: The short-term effectiveness of low-carbohydrate diets for weight loss. OBESITY AND METABOLISM-MILAN, 3(1), 38-43.
- Acute effects of an alcoholic drink on food intake: aperitif versus co-ingestion.. Physiology & Behavior, 90, 368-375.
- Gastrointestinal signalling peptides in obesity. Drug Discovery Today: Disease Mechanisms, 3(4), 463-470.
- Pleasure and alcohol: manipulating pleasantness and the acute effects of alcohol on food intake. Physiology & Behavior, 84(3), 371-377.
- Dose-dependent effects of alcohol on appetite and food intake. Physiology & Behavior, 81(1), 51-58.
- Alcohol and food intake. Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care, 6(6), 639-644.
- Learning to Eat Vegetables in Early Life: The Role of Timing, Age and Individual Eating Traits. PLoS ONE, 9(5), e97609-e97609. View this article in WRRO
- sensory-specific satiation and satiety In Hort J, Kemp SE & Hollowood T (Ed.), Time-Dependent Measures of Perception in Sensory Evaluation (pp. 48-66). London: John Wiley & Sons.
- Gastrointestinal Signals: Stimulation, Encyclopedia of Neuroscience (pp. 577-581). Elsevier
- Research group
- Janet McNally (University of Leeds, co-supervised with Professor Marion Hetherington
- Teaching interests
- Supervision of Masters dissertations
- Supervision of Postgraduate research students
I am interested in supervising Research Students in topics/areas such as Obesity, Nutrition and Infant feeding.
- Teaching activities
Public Health teaching in Phase 1 of the Undergraduate Medical Degree (MBChB)
- Professional activities
- Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)
- Society for the Study of Ingestive Behaviour (SSIB)
- British Feeding and Drinking Group (BFDG)