This is a fascinating, informative post by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, from her blog ADD and So Much More:
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
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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