The Impact of Food on Your Brain

Everyone understands the importance of food. But the phrase “you are what you eat” has taken on new meaning in recent years, as we’ve learned more about how different kinds of foods impact basic cognitive functions, including attention, learning, memory, and decision-making. Have you ever wondered how food affects your thoughts and emotions? Do vitamin supplements improve memory and happiness? Why can some foods, like chocolate, be so addictive? Are there certain foods that protect against disease and cognitive aging? Does your brain determine your weight?

In this course, we’ll explore these types of questions, along with how the answers might influence society. You’ll also gain a deeper understanding of how your behavior can directly influence the dynamic processing of your brain.

This course will be a great match for students interested in food effects on your body, including anyone who may want to major or minor in psychology, sociology, social work, communication or health care fields.

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5 credits of Natural Science coursework towards the Areas of Inquiry requirement.