Spring 2022

Neurobiology of Appetite

Listed in: Neuroscience, as NEUR-317

Moodle site: Course


John-Paul Baird (Section 01)


Although the ingestive act per se is clear and simple, understanding the multifarious influences that are distilled into the decision at any given moment to eat, or not to eat, remains a ponderous challenge for scientists. The obesity epidemic of the last several decades continues to spread across the globe, leading to a rise in metabolic diseases and more pressing need than ever to understand the neurobiological controls of eating and body weight. Through a broad survey of neurobiological research literature, we will explore how various neurobiological systems and behavioral processes influence eating and body weight, including metabolism, neural mechanisms of hunger and satiety, metabolic disorders, dieting, pica, failure to thrive, starvation, taste preference and aversion, obesity, anxiety and depression, food taboos, and all eating disorders. Strong emphasis will be placed on biological mechanisms and controlled laboratory research with both human and animal subjects.

Limited to 20 students. Open to juniors and seniors. Class meets once a week for 165 minutes. Spring semester. Prof. Baird.  

If Overenrolled: priority for Neuroscience


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2022