Neurobiology of Feeding Behavior Laboratory

Department of Psychology, Boston College

Lab Director: Gorica D. Petrovich, PhD

Undergraduate Courses

PSYC3388 Neurobiology of Eating and Eating Disorders

This course will review the neural mechanisms controlling food intake, and body weight regulation under normal circumstances and in eating disorders. Eating is not only controlled by metabolic signals (e.g., hormones, peptides), but also by extrinsic or environmental factors that are not directly related to energy balance (e.g., stress, emotion, social/cultural factors). Likewise the brain systems regulating hunger are associated with networks mediating stress, reward, emotion, and learning and memory. The course will explore the current neuroscience findings from animal models, and human studies relevant to appetite, regulation of eating, and eating disorders. Prerequisite: PSYS2285, PSYC3381, PSYC3382, PSYC3383, PSYC3385

PSYC3385 Neurobiology of Motivation and Emotion

This course will review the neurobiology underlying motivated and emotional behaviors. The current neuroscience findings from animal models will be the primary focus of the course; however, results from human studies will be incorporated in some discussions. The course structure will include lectures and discussions of the assigned readings. Prerequisite: PSYC2285 or PSYC2287
Graduate Courses

PSYC5585 Advanced Brain Systems: Motivation and Emotion

This course will review the organization of neural networks that control motivated and emotional behaviors in mammals. This is a functional neuroanatomy course that will discuss how the brain regions are interconnected to form functional systems. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor