Special Issue "The Western Diet: Effects on Brain and Behavior"

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643). This special issue belongs to the section "Nutrition Methodology & Assessment".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2019).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Scott Kanoski
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Guest Editor
Neuroscience Graduate Program, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Interests: behavioral neuroscience; ingestive behavior; energy balance; neuroendocrinology; learning & memory; systems neuroscience

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The focus of this Special Issue is “The Western diet: effects on brain and behavior”. A “Western diet” is one that contains a higher than recommended percentage of calories from lipids (especially saturated fatty acids) and refined carbohydrates (i.e., simple sugars). Data from both humans and experimental animal models show that a Westernized dietary pattern is associated with neurocognitive impairments, particularly with regards to memory outcomes and the control of motivated behavior. The overarching aim of this Special Issue is to hone in on recent advances regarding the mechanistic relationship between habitual Western diet consumption and neurocognitive deficits, with a specific focus on sex differences, the specific contributing dietary components, vulnerable developmental life stages, and the underlying neurobiological substrates.

Dr. Scott Kanoski
Guest Editor

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  • food intake
  • feeding behavior
  • sugar
  • calories
  • adolescence
  • obesity
  • carbohydrates
  • Western diet
  • neurocognitive impairments
  • neurocognitive deficits
  • hippocampus
  • reward
  • learning and memory
  • overeating

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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