Psychology of Appetite (C8839)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

Taking a psychobiological perspective, the module explores issues in our relationship with food. The initial focus will be on appetite control, and constructs of hunger and satiety. Discussion of flavour perception and hedonics then allows evaluation of concepts of food craving and addiction, and food choice and preference. Examination of non-nutritive effects of foods (including nutriceuticals) links food to mood and cognition. Finally, we explore the basis of the rise of obesity and disordered eating from a psychobiological perspective.


71%: Lecture
29%: Seminar


40%: Coursework (Presentation, Report)
60%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 21 hours of contact time and 129 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.