What is new in this edition of the course?

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 background notions related to the rest of the corse. We’ll talk about brain and its metabolism, as well as the axes that link the brain with our gut and other organs.

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.

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, focusing on the gut-brain axis and the role of the microbiome.

What has changed from the previous edition?

The first and last week of the course have been revised, taking into account the feedback of your fellow learners.
In particular, we have revised the first week, streamlining the introduction to the rest of the course. We also added new content, discussing in more detail the gut-brain axis and the role of the microbiome in it.
The last week now also includes a review of the studies that investigated how modifying our microbiome can have an effect on our health.

A note on course moderation

The lead educator, Alessandro Cicerale, will moderate the run of this course starting from September, 2th and ending after six weeks.

The moderation activity will focus on the progression of the course: Week 1 from September 2nd to September 8th;
Week 2 from September 9th to September 15th;
Week 3 from September 16th to September 22th;
Week 4 from September 23th to September 29th;
Week 5 from September 30th to October 6th.

From October 7th to October 13th the moderation activity will not be focused on a specific week activity.

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You can now get extra benefits by upgrading this course, including:

Unlimited access to the course: Go at your own pace with unlimited access to the course for as long as it exists on FutureLearn.

A Certificate of Achievement: To help you demonstrate your learning we’ll send you a Certificate of Achievement when you become eligible.

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

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