Our research investigates how the brain regulates feeding behavior and body weight and how diet and exercise affect the brain and behavior.
Our lab uses rodent models to investigate:
- The neurobiological regulation of feeding behavior. Types of feeding behavior that we are interested in include:
- Food impulsivity
- Binge eating
- Food overconsumption
- Conditioned and contextual feeding
- Motivated responding for food
- Social transmission of food preference
- The neural regulation of energy balance, specifically:
- How the body communicates with the brain to relay signals related to nutritional/energy status
- How the brain coordinates a physiological response to maintain weight balance and meet nutritional needs
- The role of the brain in the development and maintenance of weight gain and obesity.
- Effects of diet and exercise on brain function:
- Obesogenic diets that are high in saturated fat and sugar negatively impact hippocampal dependent learning and memory while exercise attenuates impairments. We are interested in understanding the mechanisms by which diet and exercise impact the brain and brain function.
Rolls-Simons Travel Award from The Obesity Society (2019) – Emily Noble
Early Career Grant Challenge Award from The Obesity Society (2017) – Emily Noble
Harry R. Kissileff Award from the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (2017) – Emily Noble
Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award from The Obesity Society (2017) – Emily Noble