Exploring the Event-Related Potential, Behavioral, and Cognitive Correlates of Food Cue Processing, Craving, and Food Consumption in Healthy Young Adults

What are the neural correlates of food cue processing in healthy, young adults?

Project Abstract

In our lab, we use event-related potentials (a noninvasive measure of brain function) to investigate how people respond to distracting high- and low-calorie food images. We also study if the magnitude of these responses predict young adults’ eating habits, food craving, and snack food consumption. Our lab hopes to understand the neural correlates of the early neurophysiological processes involved in cue-induced food craving and how these effects might relate to both potentially unhealthy and healthy eating behaviors in the real world; as well as to increase our knowledge of how individual differences in craving can modulate neural responses to appetitive cues (i.e. things you can eat or drink).

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