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

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


Course overview

The course focuses 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.


The course will be available all year round from 2022 onwards.

How to join the course

This course is available on FutureLearn:



Project lead

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Alessandro Cicerale

Research fellow and Lecturer at the University of Torino, Italy.

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