Introduction to the last week

Hello everybody, and welcome back.

During this course we have discussed the relationship between food, body and brain from multiple points of view.

After the introductory week, in the second week we adopted both biological and psychological points of view to discuss the rewards system, their relationship with food and with food addiction.

We continued discusson on psychological topics in the third week, analyzing both the link between food intake and cognition (for instance the concept of restrained eating) and the link between food intake and emotion (for instance the idea of emotional eating).

In the fourth week we moved back to more biological topics, starting from the neurobiological correlates of eating disorders and then discussing the effects on the brain and on the body of some eating behaviours.

In the last week of our course we will discuss some more biological topics, and we will see how our brain can be affected by our environment - both in negative, by neuroendocrine-disrupting chemical components, and in positive, through the action of antioxidants molecules that can be found in our diet.

The link between nutrition and brain will be approached from an unique point of view in the video that discusses how maternal milk can influence brain development.

In the second activity of the week we will instead focus on a different topic, that received a lot of attention from both scientists and non-scientists: the gut-brain axis, and the role played in it bacteria that live in our gut.

In the first activity of the week you will find two discussions - as always, we will be happy to hear your thoughts, and we encourage you in joining them.

Thank you, and see you at the end of this week!

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

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