What happens when we’re hungry?

Madelyn Griffith-Haynie helps us to understand how physical hunger can affect the decision-making process. Please, read on and share…

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

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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Author: John Fioravanti

I'm a retired History teacher (35 years), husband, father of three, grandfather of three. My wife, Anne, and I became business partners in December, 2013, and launched our own publishing company, Fiora Books (http://fiorabooks.com), to publish my books. We have been married since 1973 and hope our joint business venture will be as successful as our marriage.

4 thoughts on “What happens when we’re hungry?”

  1. if you go back and read a few of my earliest blog posts, you will find some on this subject. My son struggled in elementary school and one of the things I noticed was that the mornings he had a healthy breakfast were his best days. Because he was not a big breakfast type of kid, I started making him smoothies with healthy ingredients, did so for many years

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