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Bastiaan Boh

PhD student



  • - Craving
  • - Interventions, treatment
  • - Obesity
  • - Weight loss & dieting



In these economically problematic times it is important health care services do not deteriorate. That is why it is crucial to look at cost effective alternatives. And no matter how good or bad it’s going, the rising prevalence of obesity within society is a fact. It is hard to reach everyone: not enough clinics, substantial costs, irregular results, or simply no interest (too busy, too much effort). Additionally, of those who do succeed in losing weight on their own, 80% will relapse within ~3 years. This is a shame, considering a weight loss of 10% has already been shown to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes onset.

For my PhD research, I want to bridge the gap between clinics and the obese population. To accomplish this, I study cognitive processes of people who are obese: what specific cognitive distortions lead people to over-eat in spite of not intending to initially, or in spite of being aware of the long-term undesirable consequences? How do these distortions relate to physiological signals? How can we correct errors in thinking and, even better, teach people to identify and correct these errors independently, with regards to long-term application? And most importantly: can we implement this concept in automated internet and smartphone technology, so that we can reach many people relatively effortlessly?


I enjoy supervising bachelor thesis students who are interested in:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy for eating disorders or general obesity
  • Successful weight loss and weight maintenance practices
  • Dysfunctional thinking, stereotypical behavior and physiological characteristics of obese people
  • E-health (automatising healthcare), via internet / smart phone technology
  • Neuroscientific literature research into obesity and the cortical reward system

If you have a great related idea which does not really fit these themes, that is an option as well.



Boh, B., Herholz, S. C., Lappe, C., & Pantev, C. (2011). Processing of complex auditory patterns in musicians and nonmusicians. PloS ONE, 6, e21458. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021458

Herholz, S. C., Boh, B., & Pantev, C. (2011). Musical training modulates encoding of higher-order regularities in the auditory cortex. The European journal of neuroscience, 34, 524-9. doi:10.1111/j.1460-9568.2011.07775.x