Van Alebeek Hannah

Hannah van Alebeek, MSc.
PhD student

Department of Psychology
Hellbrunner Strasse 34, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

Tel.: +31624552525

Research group:  Eating Behavior Laboratory


  • 2014-2017: Bachelor – Psychology, University of Groningen
  • 2017-2019: Research Master – Neuroscience, University of Groningen

Academic positions:

  • 2019-present: Doctoral student at Salzburg University


Habitual behaviours such as eating are often guided by implicit processes instead of deliberate intentions. As such, implicit processes may explain unhealthy eating behaviors and their modification could help to counteract overweight-related health problems. During my Ph.D., I am specifically focussing on the reliable assessment of so-called approach bias to food, what cognitive and neural mechanisms mediate them and how they relate to everyday eating behavior. The final aim is to develop a reaction time based training to reduce approach bias to food.

Key publications:

  • Kahveci, S., van Alebeek, H., Berking, M., & Blechert, J. (2021). Touchscreen-based assessment of food approach biases: Investigating reliability and item-specific preferences. Appetite163, 105190.