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David Garcia Burgos

Job: PostDoc
Office: RM C-2.113
Rue P.A. de Faucigny 2
1700 Fribourg
Phone: +41 26 300 7661
eMail: david.garcia-burgos@unifr.ch
Unit: Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie      



  • Psychology of flavour
  • Associative learning applied to ingestive behaviour
  • Behavioural mechanisms of eating
  • Experimental psychopatology

Research fields

I am interested in understanding the learning determinants of eating and weight-related problems, including eating disorders and those conditions that can lead to clinical manifestation of serious associated health problems such as obesity. For doing so, my research explores the role of acquired affective responses and motivation in normal and pathological eating behaviours using multiple conceptual and methodological frameworks provided by experimental psychology, neurosciences, food sciences and clinical psychology.


  • Anxiety disorders: Theory, research and intervention in Clinical Psychology (Master)
  • Clinical applications of experimental psychopathology in mood disorders and addictions (Master)
  • Supervision of Seminar, Bachelor and Master theses
  • Internship supervision


Selected Publications

  • Garcia-Burgos, D., Maglieri, S., Vögele, C., & Munsch, S. (In press). How does food taste in anorexia and bulimia nervosa? A protocol for a quasiexperimental, cross-sectional design to investigate taste aversion or increased hedonic valence of food in eating disorders. Frontiers in Psychology.
  • Garcia-Burgos, D., Lao, J., Munsch, S., & Caldara, R. (2017). Visual attention to food cues is differentially modulated by gustatory-hedonic and post-ingestive attributes. Food Research International, 97, 199–208.
  • Rocha-Parra, D., Garcia-Burgos, D., Munsch, S., Chirife, J., & Zamora, M. C. (2016). Application of hedonic dynamics using multiple-sip temporal-liking and facial expression for evaluation of a new beverage. Food Quality and Preference, 52, 153-159.
  • Garcia-Burgos, D., Secchiari, F., & Calviño, A. (2015). Is sensory-specific satiety for a bitter-sweet infusion modulated by context? Physiology & Behavior, 140, 180–187.
  • Garcia-Burgos, D., & Zamora, M. C. (2015). Exploring the hedonic and incentive properties in preferences for bitter foods via self-reports, facial expressions and instrumental behaviours. Food Quality and Preference39, 73-81.
  • González, F., Garcia-Burgos, D., & Hall, G. (2014). Analysis of blocking of flavor-preference conditioning based on nutrients and palatable tastes in rats. Appetite, 80, 161-167.
  • Garcia-Burgos, D., González, F., & Hall, G. (2013). Motivational control of latent inhibition in flavor preference conditioning. Behavioural Processes98, 9-17.
  • Garcia-Burgos, D., & Zamora, M. C. (2013). Facial affective reactions to bitter-tasting foods and body mass index in adults. Appetite71, 178-186.
  • Garcia-Burgos, D., & González, F. (2012). Posttraining flavor exposure in hungry rats after simultaneous conditioning with a nutrient converts the CS into a conditioned inhibitor. Learning & Behavior40, 98-114.
  • González, F., Garcia-Burgos, D., & Hall, G. (2012). Associative and occasion-setting properties of contextual cues in flavor–nutrient learning in rats. Appetite, 59, 898–904.
  • González, F., Garcia-Burgos, D., Brugada, I., & Gil, M. (2010). Learned preference for a hedonically negative flavor is observed after pairings with positive post-ingestion consequences rather than with a palatable flavor. Learning and Motivation, 41, 141-149.
  • Garcia-Burgos, D., González, F., Manrique, T., & Gallo, M. (2009). Patterns of ethanol intake in preadolescent, adolescent, and adult Wistar rats under acquisition, maintenance, and relapse-like conditions. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 33, 1-7.

Clinical training

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Département de Psychologie / Departement für Psychologie - R. Faucigny 2 - 1700 Fribourg / Freiburg - Tel +41 26 300 7620 - Fax +41 26 / 300 9712 - psychologie [at] unifr.ch - uni