Food for Thought: The Relationship Between Food, Gut and Brain.

Food for Thought: The Relationship Between Food, Gut and Brain.

Find out how your diet affects your brain, and your brain affects your diet

The course will focus on the relationship between food, brain and mind:

  • How does the brain work?
  • How do emotions and thoughts affect our food choices?
  • How do diets and nutritional deficiencies affect our brain?
  • Reward systems and their relationship with food
  • The link between the microbiome and brain

Who should join the course

This course is open to everyone, but may be of particular interest to psychologists or people working in health and well-being. No previous experience is required, though a background knowledge of biology or psychology may help.

Timeline

The course will have multiple runs in 2019 and 2020.  

Learning objectives and outcomes

Once completed, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the role of our diet on brain function;
  • Reflect on the role of psychological and neurobiological factors in our food choices;
  • Reflect on the possible causes (biological, social, psychological) of unhealthy and pathological eating behaviours;
  • Describe the connection between the brain and our digestive system (gut); and
  • Discuss the topics of the course and their relationship with daily life.

How to join the course

This course is available on FutureLearn: https://www.futurelearn.com/admin/courses/food-for-thought/2

 

Partners

The following partners are involved in the project

IARFR PAS
UNIVERSITY OF TORINO
UNIVERSIT√ĄT HOHENHEIM

Project lead

Alessandro Cicerale
Institution

University of Turin

Contact details

alessandro.cicerale@unito.it

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