Department of Psychology
Staten Island, NY 10301
101 Parker Hall
LNolan at wagner.edu
Course information and discussions on Moodle
Spring 2013: M 2-2:30, W 2-2:30 & 4:30-6, Th 2-4:30, or 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)
- 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)
- Experimental Psychology: Eating Behavior (PS 330)
- 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 indicated 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, the University of Leeds (UK), and Swansea University (UK). See the research my students have done in order to get an idea of my interests.
I also teach courses in the biopsychology major.
*Chair, Public Communications Committee
*Member, Program Committee
Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
Columbia University Seminar on Appetitive Behavior
“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.
“Emotional and external eating are associated with poor sleep quality in college students” at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, Portland, Oregon, 2009.
“The effects of modified sham feeding and variety on sensory specific satiety and food intake in humans” at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, Paris, France, 2008.
“Emotional Appetite Questionnaire: Construct validity and relationship with BMI” at the 15th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, 2007.
“Foods enjoyed but avoided by college students” at the 30th annual meeting of the British Feeding and Drinking Group, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, England, UK, 2006.
“Predicting intake in single item and multiple item meals in women” at the 30th annual meeting of the British Feeding and Drinking Group, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, England, UK, 2006.
“Energy label on preload does not affect subsequent test meal size” at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2005.
“The effect of relaxation on food consumption in stressed emotional eaters” at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2005.
“Pavlovian Association of Visual and Vibratory Stimuli in a Learning Course” at the 16th Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Society, Chicago, Illinois, 2004.
“Preference for Sweet Foods and Higher BMI in Patients on Methadone Maintenance” at the 11th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Haren, The Netherlands, 2003.
“Self-esteem and BMI Predict Dietary Restraint in Women” at the 11th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Haren, The Netherlands, 2003.
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. (2006, Fall). Gertrude Joan Aull (1910-1993): Scientist and psychoanalyst. Feminist Psychologist, 33, 16.
Nolan, L.J., Guss, J.L., Liddle, R.A., Pi-Sunyer, F.X., and Kissileff, H.R. (2003). Elevated plasma cholecystokinin and cognitive responses after consumption of a liquid meal in humans. Nutrition,19, 561-565.
Woods, S.J. and Nolan, L.J. (1997). The insulin story: A 25-year perspective. Appetite, 28, 281-282.
Nolan, L J., McCaughey, S.A., Giza, B.K., Rhinehart-Doty, J.A., Smith, J.C., and Scott, T.R. (1997). Extinction of a conditioned taste aversion in rats I: Behavioral Effects. Physiology and Behavior, 61, 319-323.
McCaughey, S.A., Giza, B.K, Nolan, L.J., and Scott, T.R. (1997). Extinction of a conditioned taste aversion in rats II: Neural effects in the nucleus of the solitary tract. Physiology and Behavior, 61, 373-380.
Kissileff, H.R., Guss, J.L., and Nolan, L.J. (1996). What animal research tells us about human eating, Chapter 3. In H. MacFie and H. Meiselman (eds.) Food Choice, Acceptance and Consumption (pp. 105-160), Glasgow, UK: Blackie Academic and Professional, .
Mela, D.J. and Nolan, L.J. (1996). From the lab to the living room: Consumer studies of ingestive behavior. Appetite, 26, 303.
Scheurink, A.J.W. and Nolan, L.J. (1996). Food intake, fuel homeostasis, and the autonomic nervous system. Appetite, 26, 304.
Scott, T.R., Nolan, L.J., Giza, B.K., and Plata-Salamán, C.R. (1995). Respuestas gustativas y el control alimentario (Taste responses and the control of feeding), Chapter 11. In G. Meza (ed.) Neurobiologia de los Sistemas Sensoriales (pp. 199-237), UNAM Press (National Autonomous University of Mexico).