Research in the Human Nutrition group at the Human Appetite Research Unit (HARU) takes a lifespan approach ranging from early infancy to advancing age. Research in the HARU combines expertise from several scientific disciplines including Psychology, Human Nutrition, Dietetics, Sensory Science and Sports Science. We also have a specially designed Infant Laboratory and all aspects of human energy balance are investigated in current ongoing projects. Research in the infant laboratory focuses on influences on taste preference development; involving maternal influences on food intake and early taste exposure and the promotion of vegetable intakes in children using classical learning paradigms. Research in the HARU includes investigations examining the interaction of hedonic and homeostatic systems in appetite regulation; metabolic, physiological and psychological drivers of eating behaviour; the use of biomarkers of weight loss in the development of personalized obesity treatment; the impact of nutrition on cognition in children and adults; the effect of functional foods/ nutraceuticals for appetite control, mental performance and wellbeing; interactions of hormonal state with appetite control, wellbeing and cognition.