We have to eat to survive, but when should we do it (or not?) It’s the brain’s job to decide, and it ‘reads’ internal and external cues to determine when we should eat, or do other things, like sleep. Speakers in this symposium will discuss the cutting edge research on how the brain controls feeding, and how alterations in this neural circuitry contribute to overeating and obesity. You’ll learn why your brain made you eat it and the neuroscience underlying normal and disordered eating behavior.


1:30pm Medial Prefrontal Cortex & Cognitive Drive to Eat
Gorica D Petrovich, PhD
2:00pm Sleep or Eat? Neural Circuitry of Competing Behaviors
Matthew Carter, PhD
2:30pm Neurocircuitry in Cognitive Control of Eating
Scott E Kanoski, PhD