Lecture 5 - Biology, Nutrition and Health III: The Psychology of Taste and Addiction

author: Kelly D. Brownell, Department of Psychology, Yale University
recorded by: Yale University
published: Sept. 27, 2010,   recorded: September 2008,   views: 5462
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This lecture addresses the complicated relationship between biology and eating. Professor Brownell explores the physiology of taste and eating. Many parts of the body are affected when people eat food, and many biological factors affect what people choose to eat, how much they eat, and the way they regulate their body weight. The experimental methods used to assess how body weight is affected by genes are also reviewed.

Reading assignment:

Beckman, Mary. "A Matter of Taste: Are You a Supertaster?" Smithsonian (August 2004), pp. 24-26

Ashley N. Gearhardt, William R. Corbin, and Kelly D. Brownell. "Food and Addiction. Evidence from Emerging Science." Journal of Addiction Medicine

Kluger, Jeffrey. "The Science of Appetite." Time, 11 June 2007, pp. 49-61

Wardle, Jane and Lucy Cooke. "Genetic and Environmental Determinants of Children's Food Preferences." British Journal of Nutrition, 99 (2008), S15-S21

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