AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 27, Number 3, 2018

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Scientists Find Brain Signal That Might Help Us Judge the Holiday Buffet

At holiday buffets and potlucks, people make quick calculations about which dishes to try and how much to take of each. Johns Hopkins University neuroscientists have found a brain region that appears to be strongly connected to such food preference decisions.

Researchers, working with rats, found robust neural activity related to food choice in a previously overlooked part of the brain. The finding suggests this brain area could be key to developing therapies and treatments to encourage healthy eating.

“We found a region in the brain that reflects our perception of food in a strikingly dominant way,” said lead author David Ottenheimer, a Johns Hopkins University graduate student studying neuroscience. “The level of brain activity we saw exceeded our expectations by far.”

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