Dr. Laurence J. Nolan

In the Liechtenstein Alps, 2012

Department of Psychology
Wagner College
Staten Island, NY 10301

101 Parker Hall
LNolan at wagner.edu

Course information and discussions on Moodle

Office hours

Summer 2015: by appointment.


BS, Psychology, The University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1988 (now University of Louisiana )
MA, Psychology, University of Delaware, 1992
PhD, Psychology & Neuroscience, University of Delaware, 1994
Postdoctoral Fellowship, New York Obesity Research Center, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, 1996

Courses (course information on Moodle)

(Spring 2015 Course Schedule & Future Course Offerings Here)

  • Introduction to Psychology (PS 101)
  • Psychological Statistics & Methodology (PS 116)
  • From Table to Laboratory: Exploring Food Choice (PS 239; ILC with history)
  • Experimental Psychology: Learning & Motivation (PS 302)
  • Drugs, the Brain & Behavior (PS 351)
  • Physiological Psychology (PS 442)
  • History of Psychology (PS 441)

Research & Teaching Interests

My teaching emphasizes experimental approaches to understanding human and animal behavior.  The list of courses above reflect my areas of expertise. In my research, I am interested in all aspects of eating behavior. In the past, I have focused on the underlying neural processes of behavior, perception and learning, in particular, their role in regulating eating behavior.  My recent research has focused on how human perception of food (hunger, satiation, taste) affects food choice and consumption. In addition, I have also recently examined eating behavior associated with emotional states, sleep quality, and drug use.  My recent research collaborators include psychologists at Columbia University and the University of Leeds (UK).

I also teach courses in the biopsychology major.

Professional Affiliations

Association for Psychological Science (APS)
Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB)
Columbia University Seminar on Appetitive Behavior

Recent Presentations

"Identifying diet-congruent beverages in dieters and don-dieters." Presented at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, Denver, Colorado, 2015.

"Perception of beverages by dieters." Presented at the 13th Benjamin Franklin & Lafayette Seminar, Fréjus, France, 2015.

"The relationship between drug use, food neophobia and food addiction." Presented at the 38th Annual Meeting of the British Feeding and Drinking Group, Portsmouth, UK, 2014.

"Role of food addiction, depression, and sleep quality in night eating syndrome." Presented at the 12th International Congress on Obesity, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2014.

"Emotional eating, night eating, and body mass index." Presented at the 84th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, New York, 2013.

"Association between impulsiveness and pleasantness ratings for food and drugs." Presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, Zürich, Switzerland, 2012.

“Emotional eating and night eating syndrome in college students.” Presented at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, Clearwater, Florida, 2011.

"Association between hedonic rating of foods and drug use in students" at the 35th Annual Meeting of the British Feeding and Drinking Group, Queens University Belfast, UK, 2011.

"Past variety in drug use predicts increased snack consumption in college students" at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2010.


Recent Publications

Caton, S.J., Nolan, L.J., and Hetherington, M.M. (2015). Alcohol, appetite, and loss of restraint. Current Obesity Reports, 4, 99-105.

Dweck, J.S., Jenkins, S.M., and Nolan, L.J. (2014). The role of emotional eating and stress in the influence of short sleep on food consumption. Appetite, 72, 106-113.

Nolan, L.J. (2013). Shared urges? The links between drugs of abuse, eating and body weight. Current Obesity Reports, 2, 150-156.

Nolan, L.J. and Stolze, M.R. (2012). Drug use is associated with elevated food consumption in college students. Appetite, 58, 898-906.

Nolan, L.J. and Geliebter, A. (2012). Night eating is associated with emotional and external eating in college students. Eating Behaviors, 13, 202-206.

Nolan, L.J. and Jenkins, S.M. (2012). Transitioning students out of college: The senior LC in psychology at Wagner College. In Buch, K. and K. E. Barron (eds.) Discipline-Centered Learning Communities: Creating Connections Among Students, Faculty, and Curricula (pp. 31-42). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Nolan, L.J., Halperin, L.B. and Geliebter, A. (2010). Emotional Appetite Questionnaire: Construct validity and relationship with BMI. Appetite, 54, 314-319.

Nolan, L.J. and Hetherington, M.M. (2009). The effects of sham feeding-induced sensory specific satiation and food variety on subsequent food intake in humans. Appetite, 52, 720-725.

Nolan, L.J. and Scagnelli, L.M. (2007). Preference for sweet foods and higher BMI in patients on methadone maintenance. Substance Use and Misuse, 42, 1555-1566.

Nolan, L.J. (2006, Fall). Gertrude Joan Aull (1910-1993): Scientist and psychoanalyst. Feminist Psychologist33, 16.

Last updated: July, 2015