PSYC321 - Psychology of Eating Behaviour
Prerequisites PSYC100 Foundations of Psychology; PSYC101 Applications of Psychology
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Eating behaviours have considerable importance for many professional applications of psychology, including clinical psychology, health psychology, and counselling psychology. Eating disorders and unhealthy eating habits, for example, are becoming increasingly common, and food-related health issues and costs are increasing exponentially, with implications also for policy making.
This unit adopts a broad perspective and will introduce you to current theory and evidence at the intersection of psychology, neuroscience, health science with other disciplines and expertise. The unit will draw on evidence from a range of behavioural and neuroscience methods that have significantly advanced our understanding of eating behaviours.
The aim is to provide an overview of our current understanding of how humans perceive food, think and make decisions about food, and the factors that may influence our choices. The unit is intended to provide a better understanding of eating choice processes in their normal and abnormal modalities.