What will you learn?

What topics will this course cover?

During the course of this five weeks we will discuss biological and psychological topics related to eating and food. During the second activity of the first week we will introduce some notions related to the brain and its metabolism, while in the third one we will touch psychological concepts such as emotions and cognition.

Some of these notions will come back multiple times, but this is not the only reason to discuss them. Understanding how the brain works and how psychologists approach their object of research will make easier to understand and enjoy the content of the rest of the course.

The first activity of the second week will be devoted to the brain responses to feeding, focusing on the reward systems. The videos and articles you will find will introduce you to the subject of the second activity of that week, food addiction.

We’ll discuss food addiction from multiple points of view, including an interview with a psychotherapist, who will give us her point of view on the usefulness of this concept.

Going forward, in the third week we will discuss the relationship between mind and food, touching topics such as emotional eating and restrained eating. Emotional eating, and a way to measure it, will also be the focus of our third weekly discussion.

In the fourth week we will transition from psychological topics to biological topics. In its first activity we will discuss eating disorders, as they can be analyzed from both perspectives, while in the second activity we will focus on the effects on the body that unhealthy eating behavior can have.

In the fifth and final week we will continue our discussion of biological aspects, discussing topics ranging from the effects on the brain of antioxidants and maternal milk to the gut-brain axis and the role of the microbiome.

Each week you will find one or more discussions, where you will be able to share your thoughts and questions with your instructors, as well as with your fellow learners. Furthermore, each activity will be concluded to a quiz, that will help you assess your own understanding of the content of the course.

We hope you will find our topics to be interesting, and this course will be useful to you.

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Food for Thought: The Relationship Between Food, Gut and Brain

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