Neurobiology of Feeding Behavior Laboratory
Department of Psychology, Boston College
Lab Director: Gorica D. Petrovich, PhD
Appetite and eating are not only driven by energy needs, but also by extrinsic (environmental) factors unrelated to energy balance. Environmental signals, including learned cues, can override homeostatic signals to stimulate eating in sated states, or inhibit eating in states of hunger. The long-term goal of our research is to define the functional organization of the underlying neural circuits.