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Nov. 28, 2008

Psychology of Food and Eating

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.

food, eating, nutrition, psychology

Jul. 10, 2009

Snacks, Overeating, and Sensory Science

Got a weakness for chocolate chip cookies? Kettle chips? Pizza? Ira talks with former FDA commissioner David Kessler about how tasty foods change your brain, and how the food industry designs the snacks you crave.

food, obesity, diet, health

Dec. 10, 2010

Imagined Eating

In new research, people who imagined the details of eating bite after bite of a tempting food before eating consumed significantly less of the delicacy.

food diet eating psychology brain

Mar. 09, 2012

How To Get More For Your Bite

A look at how genes, anatomy, history and culture affect the food choices we make.

food science, taste, nutrition, diet, flavors

May. 25, 2012

Humans, The World's 'Superomnivores'

Gotta have crunch? In The Omnivorous Mind, John S. Allen explains the universal appeal of crispy snacks like tempura and fried chicken.

food, taste, flavor, eating, culture, cultural heritage

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Michael Pollan Talks Plants and Food

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\tWith its heavy outer shell, weak vision, and primitive brain, the nautilus lacks much of the excitement of the more flashy and cunning cephalopods. Yet a series of experiments by evolutionary biologists Dr. Jennifer Basil and Robyn Crook involving fish juice, blue lights, and mazes dispels the notion that this ancient species is incapable of basic learning and throws into question the origins of cephalopods' intellectual prowess.

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