Damien Foinant

Postdoctoral researcher – Cognitive sciences

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Psychologie cognitive, Sciences cognitives

Activities / CV


Damien Foinant is a cognitive sciences researcher at Paul Bocuse research center, affiliated with the LEAD – Laboratoire d’Etude de l’Apprentissage et du Développement – CNRS UMR 5022 in Dijon. Through his PhD project, he studied the associations between 2-to-6-year-old children’s levels of food rejection behaviors and their cognitive development. For him, this work was an opportunity to be at the interface among developmental sciences, nutrition, education, industries and politics, as well as close to children and parents. In his current project, he aims to understand better the negative correlation he observed during his PhD between children’s food rejection, knowledge and executive functions. More precisely, he wishes to determine the effect and cause of these relationships to identify levers of action for more effective education programs.

His research outline


Dietary variety and cognitive development in children 4 to 6 years old


  • 2022 : POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER, Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté, CNRS UMR -5022 “Laboratoire d’Etude de l’Apprentissage et du Développement”, under the supervision of Professor Jean-Pierre Thibaut.
    Postdoctoral project: “Food neophobia and domain specificity”.
  • 2021 :PH.D. DEGREE IN PSYCHOLOGY, Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté, CNRS UMR -5022 “Laboratoire d’Etude de l’Apprentissage et du Développement”, under the supervision of Professor Jean-Pierre Thibaut and Doctor Jérémie Lafraire.
    Doctoral project: “A categorization and executive functions approach of food rejection in young children”.

    Committee :

    Emmanuel Sander, Professor at University of Geneva (Chair)
    Simone Nguyen, Professor at University of North Caroline Wilmington
    John Coley, Professor at Northeastern University
    Jean-Pierre Thibaut, Professor at University of Burgundy (Supervisor)
    Jérémie Lafraire, Research Director at Institut Paul Bocuse (Co-Supervisor)
  • 2018 : MASTER DEGREE IN COGNITIVE SCIENCES, with honors, Université Grenoble Alpes, Institut d’ingénieurie et de management.
    Specialty: Natural and artificial cognition
  • 2017 : MASTER DEGREE IN TEACHING AND EDUCATION, with honors, Académie de Grenoble, Ecole Supérieur du Professorat et de l’Education.
    Specialty: Education and support

Additional information


Peer-reviewed scientific publications
Foinant, D., Lafraire, J., & Thibaut, J.-P. (2022). Tears for pears: influence of children’s neophobia on categorization performance and strategy in the food domain. Front. Nutr. 9.951890
Foinant, D., Lafraire, J., & Thibaut, J.-P. (2022). Relationships between executive functions and food rejection dispositions in young children. Appetite, 106102.
Foinant, D., Lafraire, J., & Thibaut, J.-P. (2021). Strength or nausea? Children’s reasoning about the health consequences of food consumption. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 1119.
Foinant, D., Lafraire, J., & Thibaut, J.-P. (2021). Fatal errors in the food domain: Children’s categorization performance and strategy depend on both food processing and neophobic dispositions. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 43(43).
Thibaut, J.-P., Lafraire, J., & Foinant, D. (2020). A time for a meal? Children’s conceptions of short-term and long-term effects of foods. Cognitive Development, 55, 100885.

Publications for the general public
Foinant, D. (2022) Mieux comprendre les rejets alimentaires des jeunes enfants. Alimentation et bien-être. Groupe APICIL.

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