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Brain Receptors for Hunger Hormone Control Food Intake, Neuroscience Researchers Find

ATLANTA—Activating receptors in the brain for the body’s hunger hormone increases food-related behaviors, such as gathering, storing and consuming food, a finding that has implications for the treatment of obesity, according to researchers at Georgia State University.

Their study suggests that stimulating brain receptors for ghrelin, a hormone that increases appetite, by injecting ghrelin… more »

Human Brains Evolved to be More Responsive to Environmental Influences, Study Discovers

ATLANTA—Human brains exhibit more plasticity, the tendency to be modeled by the environment, than chimpanzee brains, which may account for part of human evolution, according to researchers at Georgia State University, the George Washington University and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The findings provide insight into why humans are capable of… more »

Consuming Sweets Forms Memories That May Control Eating Habits, Neuroscience Study Finds

ATLANTA—Eating sweet foods causes the brain to form a memory of a meal, according to researchers at Georgia State University, Georgia Regents University and Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center.

The findings, published online in the journal Hippocampus, show that neurons in the dorsal hippocampus, the part of the brain that is critical for episodic… more »