Scientists find neuron that controls how much we eat
By activating a neuron in the prefrontal cortex of a mouse’s brain, scientists are able to make the mouse eat more. But what could this mean for humans?
The influence that different areas of the brain may have over eating behaviors is a contentious debate in neurobiology.
"Researchers tend to be either in a camp that believes the control of eating is all regulated from the top down, or from the bottom up," says Ralph DiLeone, senior author of the paper, referring to whether it is "higher" decision-making areas of the brain or more "primitive" brain functions that regulate eating behaviors.