Course DescriptionResearch shows a direct link between people's moods and the food they eat. Learn about the interrelationships between food, mood, behavior, and neuroscience. Topics include the brain's pleasure pathways and drives to overeat; the gut-brain connection; biochemicals that increase and decrease eating; effects of a meal; macronutrients (carbohydrate, protein, fat); micronutrients (vitamins, minerals); and how substances like alcohol and caffeine affect mood and eating behavior. Discussion of behaviorally based weight management techniques focuses on a program designed to re-wire the brain reward pathways. Students complete projects designed to strengthen understanding of their own food choices, moods, and eating behaviors.
Course OutlineThis course provides students with the interrelationships between neuroscience, food, mood, and behavior so they will execute projects designed to strengthen their understanding of the same.