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Dr. Laura Enax

 Laura Enax





Main Research Interests


  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Neuroeconomics
  • Nutrition & Decision making
  • Contextual factors underlying food choice
  • Consumer preferences and behavior
  • Neurogenetics

Curriculum Vitae

2014 - 2016 Research associate (PhD student) at the Center for Economics and Neuroscience, University of Bonn, Germany Supervisors: Ulrich Ettinger, Bernd Weber
2012-2014 Master of Science in Neurosciences, University of Bonn, Germany Master Thesis: Neural correlates of processing nutrition labels – an fMRI study
2014 Lab Rotation at the University of Adelaide, Australia
2011 Research Assistant (Sports Psychology, University of Münster, Germany)
2011 Exchange Semester (University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa)
2010 Research Assistant (Personality Psychology, University of Osnabrück, Germany)
2009-2012 Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Osnabrück, Germany Bachelor Thesis: Electrophysiological correlates of Gist perception in natural scenes – an EEG study




Enax, L. & Weber, B. (2016) Neurobiologie von Nahrungsmittelentscheidungen – zwischen Energiehomöostase, Belohnungssystem und Neuroökonomie. Neuroforum 22:17–26. doi: 10.1007/s12269-015-0034-0.
Enax L, Weber B (2016) Neurobiology of food choices—between energy homeostasis, reward system, and neuroeconomics. E-Neuroforum 1–9. doi: 10.1007/s13295-015-0020-0.
Marsh N, Scheele D, Gerhardt H, Strang S, Enax L, Weber B, Maier W, and Hurlemann R (2015): The Neuropeptide Oxytocin Induces a Social Altruism Bias. Journal of Neuroscience, 35(47), 15969-15701. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3199-15.2015
Enax L, & Weber B (2015) Marketing Placebo Effects - From Behavioral Effects to Behavior Change? Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization, 13(1): 15-31. doi: 10.1515/jafio-2015-0015.
Enax L, Krapp V, Piehl A and Weber B (2015) Effects of social sustainability signaling on neural valuation signals and taste-experience of food products. Front. Behav. Neurosci. 9:247. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2015.00247, URL:

Enax L, Hu Y, Trautner P, Weber B (2015) Nutrition labels influence value computation of food products in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex. Obesity (Silver Spring) Apr;23(4):786-92. doi: 10.1002/oby.21027. Epub 2015 Mar 9. PDF
Enax L, Weber B, Ahlers M, Kaiser U, Diethelm K, Holtkamp D, Faupel U, Holzmüller HH and Kersting M (2015) Food packaging cues influence taste perception and increase effort provision for a recommended snack product in children. Frontiers in  Psychology 6:882. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00882, URL:

Working Papers

Enax L, Krajbich I, Weber B (Attentional) drift diffusion models and nutrition labels.

Enax L, Plassman H, Strang, S, Gerhardt H, Hurlemann R, Scheele D, Marsh N and Weber B. Influence of oxytocin on marketing placebo effects. 


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