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 have multiple runs in 2021 and 2022.
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/courses/food-for-thought