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Introduction to the last week

In this article, Dr. Cicerale briefly introduces the topics and activities of the last week of the course.

Hello everybody, and welcome to the final week.

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, discussing the effect of good and bad molecules on our brain and health.

In this final week of our course 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 that the bacteria that live in our gut have to play in it.

Feel free to share you thoughts on each step, we will be happy to hear your thoughts, and we encourage you to join the discussions.

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

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