eating behavior

A characteristic electrical activity pattern in one brain region predicts impulsive actions just before they occur, and a responsive neurostimulation pulse can prevent them, Stanford University researchers have found. The scientists discovered patterns in mice that had learned to binge eat fatty food, and similar patterns in a human subject anticipating a large cash reward… Read more

When feelings of hunger occur, we typically interpret them as a cue to reach for a snack. When we start to feel full, we take it as a sign that we should stop eating. New research, however, shows that these associations can be learned the other way around, such that satiation becomes a cue to… Read more

A neuronal circuit which regulates the hypothalamus and activates food seeking in mice has been discovered by scientists at the Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP) in Berlin. Until recently, little was known about how the brain regulates this crucial survival instinct behavior. Surprisingly, this neural mechanism appeared to utilize gamma oscillations, and does not depend… Read more

Given the high stress levels, extended periods of screen time and regular social outings many Americans experience day-to-day in environments where high-calorie foods are readily available, it can be easy to fall into the habit of mindless eating, where we’re too distracted to pay attention to how much, what and why we’re eating. Research suggests… Read more

Researchers investigating eating disorders often study chemical and neurological functions in the brain to discover clues to overeating. Understanding non-homeostatic eating— or eating that is driven more by palatability, habit and food cues— and how it works in the brain may help neuroscientists determine how to control cravings, maintain healthier weights and promote healthier lifestyles… Read more