Esther Aarts, PhD (cv.pdf)
associate PI

Food & Cognition group




  • Radboud University and Wageningen University & Research have teamed up to develop a research program in the field of nutrition and cognition (link)
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Presubmission pre-prints
  • M Bloemendaal, MI Froboese, BB Zandbelt, O van de Rest, R Cools, E Aarts. Neuro-Cognitive Effects of Acute Tyrosine Administration on Reactive and Proactive Response Inhibition in Healthy Older Adults. link
  • RJ van Holst, LK Janssen, P van Mierlo, GJ Lammers, R Cools, S Overeem, E Aarts. Enhanced food-related responses in the ventral medial prefrontal cortex in orexin-deficient narcolepsy patients. link
  • J Wegman, I van Loon, PAM Smeets, R Cools, E Aarts. Top-down expectation effects of food labels on motivation. link
  • LK Janssen, I Duif, I van Loon, JHM de Vries, AEM Speckens, R Cools, E Aarts. Greater mindful eating practice is associated with better reversal learning. link
  • LK Janssen, I Duif, AEM Speckens, I van Loon, JHM de Vries, R Cools, E Aarts. The effect of an 8-week mindful eating intervention on anticipatory reward responses in the midbrain. link
  • M van Holstein, M Froböse, J O'Shea, E Aarts, R Cools. Controlling striatal function via anterior frontal cortex stimulation. link


Accepted for publication in 2017:

  • O van de Rest, M Bloemendaal, R de Heus, E Aarts (2017). Dose-Dependent Effects of Oral Tyrosine Administration on Plasma Tyrosine Levels and Cognition in Aging. Nutrients 9(12), 1279. doi:10.3390/nu9121279. link
  • Aarts E, Ederveen THA, Naaijen J, Zwiers MP, Boekhorst J, Timmerman HM, Smeekens SP, Netea MG, Buitelaar JK, Franke B, van Hijum SAFT, Arias Vasquez A (2017). Gut microbiome in ADHD and its relation to neural reward anticipation. PLoS One 12(9): e0183509. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0183509. link
  • Gratton C, Yousef S, Aarts E, Wallace D, D'Esposito M, Silver M (2017). Cholinergic, but not dopaminergic or noradrenergic, enhancement sharpens visual spatial perception in humans. Journal of Neuroscience 37(16):4405-4415. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2405-16.2017. link
  • Nieuwhof F, Bloem BR, Reelick MF, Aarts E, Maidan I, Mirelman A, Hausdorff JM, Toni I, Helmich RC (2017). Impaired dual tasking in Parkinson's disease is associated with reduced focusing of cortico-striatal activity. Brain. Mar 17. doi: 10.1093/brain/awx042. link

Accepted for publication in 2016:

  • Janssen LK, Duif I, van Loon I, Wegman J, de Vries JH, Cools R, Aarts E (2017). Loss of lateral prefrontal cortex control in food-directed attention and goal-directed food choice in obesity. Neuroimage 146:148-156. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.11.015. link
  • Dirkx MF, Den Ouden H, Aarts E, Timmer M, Bloem BR, Toni I, Helmich RC (2017). Dopamine controls Parkinson’s tremor by inhibiting the cerebellar thalamus. Brain 140(3):721-734. doi: 10.1093/brain/aww331. link
  • Bochove ME, Ketel E, Wischnewski M, Wegman J, Aarts E, de Jonge B, Medendorp WP, Schutter DJ (2016). Posterior resting state EEG asymmetries are associated with hedonic valuation of food. Int J Psychophysiol. 110: 40-46. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2016.10.006. link
  • Van Holst RJ, Van der Cruijsen L, Van Mierlo P, Lammers GJ, Cools R, Overeem S, Aarts E (2016). Aberrant food choices after satiation in human orexin-deficient narcolepsy type-1. SLEEP 39(11): 1951-1959. link
  • Bloemendaal M, Zandbelt B, Wegman J, Van de Rest O, Cools R, Aarts E (2016). Contrasting neural effects of aging on proactive and reactive response inhibition. Neurobiology of Aging 46: 96-106. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2016.06.007. link
  • Van Rijn I , Wegman J, Aarts E, De Graaf C, Smeets PAM (in press). Health interest is associated with a greater reward response to receipt of a perceived low-caloric beverage. Health Psychology.
  • Dirkx MF, den Ouden H, Aarts E, Timmer M, Bloem BR, Toni I, Helmich RC (2016). The cerebral network of Parkinson's tremor - an effective connectivity fMRI study. Journal of Neuroscience 36(19): 5362-72. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3634-15.2016. link
  • Smith CT, Wallace DL, Dang LC, Aarts E, Jagust WJ, D'Esposito M, Boettiger CA (2016). Modulation of impulsivity and reward sensitivity in intertemporal choice by striatal and midbrain dopamine synthesis in healthy adults. J Neurophysiol. 115(3):1146-56. doi: 10.1152/jn.00261.2015. link
For previous publications, see here




Associate PI + coordinator Food & Cognition

Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging

Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour

Radboud University Nijmegen



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