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Biography Paula Varela-Tomasco
My research has focused on the exploration of new methods for understanding sensory and consumer perception, in particular sensory descriptive techniques with consumers and the influence of non-sensory parameters in food choice.
I have published more than 80 papers, various book chapters and several contributions to international symposiums. I co-edited the book “Novel Techniques in Sensory Characterization and Consumer Profiling”. I have taught university and professional courses, and supervised master and PhD theses in Sensory and Consumer Science. I am a member of the Editorial Board of Food Research International, Food Quality and Preference, and Current Opinion in Food Science. I am also part-time associate professor in Sensory and Consumer Science at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).Education and past professional experience
Food Engineer from Universidad de la República (Uruguay, 2002). PhD in Food Science and Technology from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Spain, 2007). I have wide experience in academic and industrial research, and collaborations with research groups from Europe, Asia and South America. My past positions include lecturer in the Universidad de la Republica in Uruguay, pre- and post-doctoral researcher in the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology in Valencia, Spain and Senior Sensory and Consumer Scientist in Kraft Foods UK R&D.
Paula has 44 scientific publications in Cristin:
Aschemann-Witzel, Jessica; Varela, Paula; Peschel, A.O.; 2019: Consumer’s categorization of food ingredients: Do consumers perceive them as ‘clean label’ producers expect? An exploration with projective mapping
do Carmo, Cátia Saldanha; Varela, Paula; Poudroux, Claire; Dessev, Tzvetelin; Myhrer, Kristine S.; Rieder, Anne; Zobel, Hanne; Sahlstrøm, Stefan; Knutsen, Svein Halvor; 2019: The impact of extrusion parameters on physicochemical, nutritional and sensorial properties of expanded snacks from pea and oat fractions
Varela, Paula; Antúnez, Lucía; Carlehög, Mats; Alcaire, Florencia; Castura, J.C; Berget, Ingunn; Giménez, Ana; Næs, Tormod; Ares, Gastón; 2018: What is dominance? An exploration of the concept in TDS tests with trained assessors and consumers
Asioli, Daniele; Varela, Paula; Hersleth, Margrethe; Almli, Valerie Lengard; Olsen, Nina Veflen; Næs, Tormod; 2017: A discussion of recent methodologies for combining sensory and extrinsic product properties in consumer studies
Næs, Tormod; Berget, Ingunn; Liland, Kristian Hovde; Ares, Gaston; Varela, Paula; 2017: Estimating and interpreting more than two consensus components in projective mapping: INDSCAL vs. multiple factor analysis (MFA)
Daltoe, Marina Mitterer; Breda, Leandra Schuastz; Belusso, A.C.; Nogueira, Barbara Arruda; Rodrigues, Deyse Pegorini; Fiszman, Susana; Varela, Paula; 2017: Projective mapping with food stickers: A good tool for better understanding perception of fish in children of different ages
Varela, Paula; Antúnez, Lucía; Berget, Ingunn; Oliveira, Denize; Christensen, Kasper; Vidal, Leticia; Næs, Tormod; Ares, Gastón; 2017: Influence of consumers' cognitive style on results from projective mapping
Asioli, Daniele; Aschemann-Witzel, Jessica; Caputo, Vincenzina; Vicchio, Riccardo; Annunziata, Azzurra; Næs, Tormod; Varela, Paula; 2017: Making sense of the “clean label” trends: A review of consumer food choice behavior and discussion of industry implications
Nguyen, Quoc Cuong; Wahlgren, Marte Berg; Almli, Valerie Lengard; Varela, Paula; 2017: Understanding the role of dynamic texture perception in consumers' expectations of satiety and satiation. A case study on barley bread
Vidal, Leticia; Antúnes, Lucía; Giménez, Ana; Varela, Paula; Deliza, Rosires; Ares, Gaston; 2016: Can consumer segmentation in projective mapping contribute to a better understanding of consumer perception?
Asioli, Daniele; Varela, Paula; Hersleth, Margrethe; Almli, Valerie Lengard; Olsen, Nina Veflen; Næs, Tormod; 2016: A discussion of recent methodologies for combining extrinsic and sensory properties in consumer studies
Marcano, J; Marcano, Johanna; Varela, Paula; Fiszman, S.; Fiszman Dal Santo, Susana; 2015: Relating the effects of protein type and content in increased-protein cheese pies to consumers' perception of satiating capacity
Hernández-Carrión, María; Varela, Paula; Hernando, Isabel; Fiszman Dal Santo, Susana; Quiles, Amparo; 2015: Persimmon milkshakes with enhanced functionality: Understanding consumers' perception of the concept and sensory experience of a functional food
Ares, Gaston; Ares, Gastón; Antunez, Lucia; Antúnez, Lucía; Oliveira, Denize; Alcaire, Florencia; Giménez, Ana; GIMÉNEZ, ANA; Berget, Ingunn; Næs, Tormod; Varela, Paula; 2015: Pole selection in Polarized Sensory Positioning: Insights from the cognitive aspects behind the task
de Oliveira Elias, Susana; Varela, Paula; Ortiz Alvarenga, Veronica; de Souza Sant'Ana, Anderson; Tondo, Eduardo Cesar; 2015: Contributor factors for the occurrence of salmonellosis during preparation, storage and consumption of homemade mayonnaise salad
de Saldamando, Luis; Antúnez, Lucía; Giménez, Ana; Varela, Paula; Ares, Gastón; 2015: Influence of Poles on Results from Reference-Based Sensory Characterization Methodologies: Case Study with Polarized Projective Mapping Consumers
Miraballes, Marcelo; Fiszman, Suzana; Gámbaro, Adriana; Varela, Paula; 2014: Consumer perceptions of satiating and meal replacement bars, built up from cues in packaging information, health claims and nutritional claims
Varela, Paula; Antúnes, Lucía; Cadena, Rafael Silva; Giménes, Ana; Ares, Gastón; 2014: Attentional capture and importance of package attributes for consumers' perceived similarities and differences among products: A case study with breakfast cereal packages
VIDAL, LETICIA; CADENA, RAFAEL SILVA; CORREA, SILVANA; ÁBALOS, ROSA A.; GÓMEZ, BEATRIZ; GIMÉNEZ, ANA; Varela, Paula; Ares, Gaston; 2014: Assessment of global and individual reproducibility of projective mapping with consumers
Paula has 73 other publications in Cristin:
do Carmo, Cátia Saldanha; Varela, Paula; Poudroux, Claire; Poudroux, Claire; Dessev, Tzvetelin; Myhrer, Kristine S.; Rieder, Anne; Zobel, Hanne; Sahlstrøm, Stefan; Knutsen, Svein Halvor; 2019: The quality of expanded snacks from pea and oat fractions processed by extrusion technology
do Carmo, Cátia Saldanha; Varela, Paula; Poudroux, Claire; Dessev, Tzvetelin; Myhrer, Kristine S.; Rieder, Anne; Zobel, Hanne; Sahlstrøm, Stefan; Knutsen, Svein Halvor; 2019: Extrusion of pea and oat ingredients to produce a healthy expanded snack
Schmidt, Gesine; Myhrer, Kristine S.; Vågen, Ingunn Molund; Guren, Gerd; Wetterhus, Elin Merete; Johansen, Silje; Haugen, John-Erik; Varela, Paula; Borge, Grethe Iren Andersen; 2018: Flavour and health-related quality in head cabbage – glucosinolates, volatiles and sensory attributes and their relationships
Aschemann-Witzel, Jessica; Varela, Paula; Peschel, Anne Odile; 2018: Exploration of consumer categorisation of food ingredients to assess perception of by-products used in plant-based 'clean label' food products
Myhrer, Kristine S.; Vågen, Ingunn Molund; Guren, Gerd; Schmidt, Gesine; Borge, Grethe Iren Andersen; Varela, Paula; 2018: From seeds to plate – using sensory descriptions as a tool to support the increase of Brassica vegetables consumption in Norway
Bergslien, Helge; Ueland, Øydis; Varela, Paula; Altintzoglou, Themistoklis; Rognså, Guro Helgesdotter; Iversen, Stian Gjerstad; Lindberg, Diana; Rud, Ida; Rosnes, Jan Thomas; 2018: Personalized Food - strategic research program at Nofima encompassing the whole food value chain
Borge, Grethe Iren Andersen; Vågen, Ingunn Molund; Guren, Gerd; Vergara, Fredd; Schmidt, Gesine; Hagen, Sidsel Fiskaa; Myhrer, Kristine S.; Varela, Paula; 2017: Mapping sensory quality and plant compounds to improve consumer choice of Brassica oleracea vegetables
Almli, Valerie Lengard; Hersleth, Margrethe; Kasebo, I.M.; Kristiansen, Hanne; Vennerød, Frida Felicia; Masi, C.; Varela, Paula; 2017: Dos and don'ts in CATA testing with 7-9 year old children. Learnings from studies on bread and fruit smoothies
Nguyen, Quoc Cuong; Næs, Tormod; Kraggerud, Hilde; Varela, Paula; 2017: The potential of temporal methods for characterizing the dynamic sensory profile of semi-solid foods. When does running TCATA or TDS make a difference (Flach presentation)
Varela, Paula; Carlehög, Mats; Berget, Ingunn; Castura, J; Ares, Gaston; Næs, Tormod; 2016: All you wanted to know about dominance and never dared to ask. An exploration of the concept of dominance in TDS tests
Varela, Paula; Almli, Valerie Lengard; Vennerød, Frida Felicia; Kristiansen, Hanne; Masi, C.; Hersleth, Margrethe; 2016: Children's hedonic perception of bread - comparison of results from CATA (Check-all-that-apply) and preference mapping
Mitterer-Daltoé, M.; Schuastz-Breda, L.; Belusso, A.C.; Arruda-Nogueira, B.; Fiszman, Susana; Varela, Paula; 2016: Projective mapping and food stickers: a good tool for better understanding children perception of fish
Berget, Ingunn; Liland, Kristian Hovde; Myhrer, Kristine S.; Varela, Paula; Næs, Tormod; 2015: Critical comparison of distance based methods, PCA and multiblock analyses of Polarized Sensory Positioning data
Cunha, L.M.; Goncalves, A.T.S.; Varela, Paula; Hersleth, Margrethe; Costa Neto, E.M.; Grabowski, N.T.; House, J.; Santos, P.; de Moura, A.P.; 2015: Adoption of insects as a source for food and feed production: A cross-cultural study on determinants of acceptance
Varela, Paula; Myhrer, Kristine S.; Næs, Tormod; 2014: The best of both worlds: rapidity and enhanced discrimination with a trained panel. Exploration of global and partial PSP with a descriptive step
Varela, Paula; Ares, Gaston; Fiszman, Susana; Giménez, Ana; Daltoe, Marina Mitterer; Antúnes, Lucía; CADENA, RAFAEL SILVA; 2014: Potentialities and drawbacks of the use of eye-tracking tools in the exploration of consumer perception of meals and food packs
1. January 2014 – 31. December 2017
There is a large potential for a better health in the population by improving diet and dietary behavior. It is particularly important to facilitate a healthy and varied diet for children and adolescents, as food habits and behaviors are established at an early age.
1. January 2018 – 1. January 2021
Our goal is for everyone to be able to eat good and healthy food - whatever their circumstances in life.
1. February 2018 – 31. December 2022
Edulia responds to the urgent need of the EU society to find new ways to tackle the escalating issue of obesity, through promoting healthier eating from childhood, within the context of choice. Based on the relations between sensory perception, pleasure, food choice and food behaviour, the project will look for new approaches to drive children to like and actively choose healthy foods, developing healthier dietary habits.