Retraining Automatic Action Tendencies in Obesity (Dr. Annette Horstmann)

In obese people paradoxical behaviors comparable to those in drug addicts are often observed. These behaviors are unfavorable and unhealthy, they occur although the people affected know the negative consequences. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) the role of the brain in such mostly automatic behaviors is being investigated. In addition, the inversion of these behaviors is attempted by the patients’ unlearning through behavioral training. This and the accompanying plastic changes in the brain are also examined by fMRI.

The results of these examinations will allow a better understanding of the complex interaction of unconscious auto-matic processes, reward expectations; conscious behavioral intentions and their neurobiological basis will be possible for behavior control in obesity. The findings from this study can be incorporated into behavioral treatment approaches.

Duration: 01.05.2015 – 31.10.2018

Description of project

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Head of project

Dr. rer. nat. Annette Horstmann

Head of research group "Decision making in obesity"
Former member: student career board, internal review board
Head of project

+49 341 9940-2258

horstmann [at] cbs [dot] mpg [dot] de