Functional Neuroimaging of Appetite and Gut–Brain Interactions

P.A.M. Smeets, Hubert Preissl

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Ultimately, eating decisions are made in the brain, based on the integration
of multiple neural and hormonal signals. Since the early 1990s the use of
neuroimaging techniques has continued to increase. Their application
in the study of the regulation of food intake and gut–brain interactions
has also been increasing, driven, for a large part, by the obesity epidemic.
Here, we introduce the main functional neuroimaging techniques and their
strengths and possible limitations. Subsequently, we illustrate how these
techniques can be applied in the study of appetitive behavior. Finally, we
a perspective on this relatively young, but promising, multidisciplinary
field of research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNeuroendocrinology of Appetite
EditorsS.L. Dickson , J. G. Mercer
Place of PublicationChichester, UK
ISBN (Print)9781118839324
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Appetite
  • Electroencephalography
  • Human gut-brain interactions
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Magnetoencephalography
  • Neuroendocrinology
  • Neuroimaging techniques
  • Positron emission tomography


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