Psychology of Food and Eating
Science Friday (NPR)
Host: Ira Flatow
It's officially the holiday season, time for turkey, mashed potatoes, and a few more inches on our waistlines. In this segment, we'll take a look at how mood, memories and even smell influence what we put on our plates--and into our mouths.
Ira talks with food psychologist Brian Wansink about why we crave specific foods during the holidays and how our brains trick our stomachs into eating even when we're full. Rachel Herz, an expert on smell, explains how our food preferences are linked to aroma and why smells often trigger such intense memories. Teachers, find more information about using Science Friday as a classroom resource in the Kids' Connection.
Director, Cornell Food and Brand Lab
Ithaca, New York Author, Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think
Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Brown University Medical School
Author, The Scent of Desire: Discovering Our Enigmatic Sense of Smell
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