What happens when we’re hungry?

Time to share another of Madelyn Griffith-Haynie’s fascinating posts on the human condition. Fruit flies and hunger are the topic today. Research is revealing the link between hunger and risky behaviour which makes sense if you consider how strong the drive to survive is in humans and it is confirmed in fruit flies. Find out if your hunger is leading you into situations you would normally avoid and head over and read..#recommended

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Hunger can affect more than our mood
It can also influence our willingness to engage in risky behavior

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC

Hunger and the Brain

You have probably noticed that being hungry can affect your overall mood and feelings of well-being — and that hungry people are often difficult to deal with.

Memes all over the internet frequently
describe that feeling as “hangry.”

But did you know that hunger can also influence the way you respond and make decisions, encouraging you to engage in risky behavior? This reaction can be seen in a wide range of species in the animal kingdom.

Experiments conducted on the fruit fly, Drosophila, by scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology have shown that hunger not only modifies behavior, but also changes the use of neural pathways, revealing that hunger affects decision making and risk perception.

For those who…

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8 thoughts on “What happens when we’re hungry?

  1. Thank you so much for this reblog, Sally. This study would seem to confirm that all you have been telling us in your nutrition posts is not only important, it could turn out to be foundational to our success and happiness!

    No surprise to YOU, I’m sure, but it rocked me back a bit to note that the brain and stomach don’t always agree on the meaning of “hungry.”

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      • To be honest Sally both of you do. When talking about body and mind you present extremely difficult information in a way that is like you are just having a chat. One gets to the end of a long technical article and doesn’t feel tired or overwhelmed, just interested in what’s been learned and keen to learn more about other things. That is a gift many in the teaching profession would envy. I notice when I read your articles and Madelyn’s articles I come back to points… might be something on telly or something I am reading and I think… you know what that’s what Madelyn/Sally was saying the other day.. I wonder if such and such is related to this…
        To me that is the best way to learn. not reciting lists until blue in the face but absorbing facts, owning them and being able to explore them in context to new things you encounter.
        So that’s what I think! XX

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      • And thank you Paul.. to be honest when I first started studying nutrition and anatomy to marry the two together it might as well have been Japanese.. in those days they worked on the principal that five words were better than one, especially in an Academic paper. I spent hours translating them in pre-Internet days so that I could understand what the hell they were talking about. I knew that my clients would never take it all in.. happy those hours have paid off.. Madelyn is not like them at all and explains everything very clearly and without trying to prove how clever she is.. we know that anyway.. hugs xx

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