Psychology of Appetite

Module code: C8839
Level 6
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework, Computer based exam

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.

Module learning outcomes

  • Critically evaluate current concepts of the psychology of eating
  • Communicate a specific topic relating to appetite to the class
  • Evaluate the future direction and/or impact of a particular topic relating to appetite