During the past two decades there has been an increasing awareness of the interaction between nutrition and behavior. To examine this interaction, two general themes will be pursued. First, we will investigate the effects of nutritional variables on brain functioning and behavior. Second, we will study the influence of psychological variables in determining food intake and nutritional status. Examples of topics to be covered includes: the effects of protein- caloric malnutrition on brain development and intellectual functioning; obesity and other eating disorders; food additives and behavior; the role of brain mechanisms in determining nutritional intake; food choice; food as an addiction; and the importance of vitamins and minerals for behavioral functioning.
Nutrition, Brain and Behavior
Nutritional biochemistry or permission from MNSP Program Director.
This course is open only to students who are in the Blended Master of Nutrition Science and Policy Program.