Latest News

Obesity: Are lipids hard drugs for the brain?

Why can we get up for a piece of chocolate, but never because we fancy a carrot? Research has demonstrated part of the answer: triglycerides, fatty substances from food, may act in our brains directly on the reward circuit, the same circuit that is involved in drug addiction. These results show a strong link in mice between fluctuations in triglyceride concentration and brain reward development. Identifying the action of nutritional lipids on motivation and the search for pleasure in dietary intake will help us better understand the causes of some compulsive behaviors and obesity.
View full story

Post your comment.


  • Glutamate: Essential food for the brain

  • Brain chemical aids tic control in Tourette Syndrome, say researchers

  • Scientists identify key receptor as potential target for treatment of autism

  • Brain networking: Mechanism behind cognitive control of thoughts

  • Does knowing high-status people help or hurt?

  • High-fructose diet slows recovery from brain injury

  • Motivation promotes recovery after spinal cord injury: Neuroscientific evidence

  • Neuroscientific evidence that motivation promotes recovery after spinal cord injury

  • A natural history of neurons

  • New formula for life-satisfaction