A professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières (UQTR), Noémie Carbonneau received the Emerging Excellence Award in August, a distinction awarded by the University of Quebec.
Ms. Carbonneau has developed a unique research niche that combines social psychology and food psychology. The results of his innovative work are therefore important both for the advancement of scientific knowledge and for the improvement of lifestyles among the population.
“I apply concepts from social psychology to understand eating behaviors. I’m not interested in what’s on the plate, but rather what’s around, explains the researcher. I try to find out, among other things, how our loved ones influence what we eat. ”
“I am particularly interested in eating behavior within couples and families,” continues the latter. When two people are a couple and live together, the diet often changes. People seek to compromise, for example. I am also interested in the parent / child relationship with regard to diet and body image. ”
In particular, she studies the effects of a mother’s eating attitudes on her daughter. For example, will a mother with an eating disorder pass it on to her daughter? And what will be the effects?
Focus on the positive
Although eating is an essential need, Ms. Carbonneau recalls that it is also a social act. “It is usually done in a group and we associate the pleasure with eating,” she explains. This is why it is important for her to take into account the interrelationships between eating behavior, motivational processes and interpersonal relationships.
“There are a lot of studies that focus on the negative aspects, but I want to document the positive side in relation to body image,” says the researcher. My ultimate goal is for people to have a healthier, more positive relationship with food and body image. The relationship to food creates so much pain, even in people who do not suffer from eating disorders. There is a lot of guilt associated with food and that’s why I want to make a difference. ”
A professor at UQTR since 2013, Noémie Carbonneau was awarded a research chair in social psychology applied to food in 2019.