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Articles Tagged with neurochemical

Comparing Candy and Cocaine

An interview with Matt Will, Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences

Few people see much in common between candy and cocaine, aside from their identical first letters. Not so for Matt Will, Assistant Professor of Psychology. Will’s current research equates our cravings for fatty, high calorie foods with serious drug abuse.

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Why We Don't Binge on Broccoli

From an interview with Matt Will, Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences

Will describes the fundamental focus of his research, the neurochemical roots of food addiction. His methods involve mimicking a natural process to examine the effects of feel-good chemicals, naturally present in the brain, on the dietary habits of rats.

Chemical Synergy: Exploring Opioid and Cannabinoid Effects on Appetite

From an interview with Matt Will, Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences

Another recent project explores how opioids and cannabinoids, two naturally occurring neurochemicals that are mimicked by drugs of abuse, cooperate in the brain to increase appetite. He explains that “studying them both and how they act together in synergistic fashion” is an important step toward understanding how to curtail the negative dietary habits mediated by cannabinoids.