Control of food consumption by learned cues: A forebrain-hypothalamic network

Gorica D. Petrovich, Michela Gallagher

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Motivation plays an important role in the control of food intake. This review will focus on recent findings using a neural systems analysis of a behavioral model for learned motivational control of eating. In this model, environmental cues that acquire motivational properties through Pavlovian conditioning can subsequently override satiety and promote eating in sated rats. Evidence will be presented that a brain network formed by the amygdala, lateral hypothalamus, and medial prefrontal cortex mediates this phenomenon of conditioned potentiation of feeding. The animal model may be informative for understanding control of eating in humans including maladaptive influences that contribute to overeating.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-403
Number of pages7
JournalPhysiology and Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 24 2007


  • Amygdala
  • Appetite
  • Conditioning
  • Craving
  • Eating
  • Environment
  • Hypothalamus
  • Obesity
  • Overeating
  • Prefrontal cortex
  • Satiety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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