Fall 2014

Psychology of Food and Eating Disorders

Listed in: Psychology, as PSYC-217

Formerly listed as: PSYC-17


John-Paul Baird (Section 01)


Food shapes our lives in many ways that extend far beyond mere ingestive acts. Through a broad survey of basic and clinical research literature, we will explore how foods and food issues imbue our bodies, minds, and relationships. We will consider biological and psychological perspectives on various aspects of eating such as metabolism, neural mechanisms of hunger and satiety, metabolic disorders, dieting, pica, failure to thrive, starvation, taste preference and aversion, obesity, anxiety and depression relief, food taboos, bulimia, and the anorexias. Strong emphasis will be placed on biological mechanisms and controlled laboratory research with both human and animal subjects.

Requisite: PSYC 100 or 212, or consent of the instructor. Limited to 25 students. Fall semester. Professor Baird.

If Overenrolled: Prioritized by seniority and major.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2014