Overweight & Obesity

Study: Impulsivity may weigh down some people

Researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas have found a link between having an impulsive personality and a high body mass index (BMI).

Genetics

Gene and tonic: Genetic link in binge-drinking teens

From minor acts of rebellion such as bunking off school, to the more serious experimentation with illicit substances, the teenage years can be a stressful time for parents. But what if your child goes beyond the odd cigarette ...

Neuroscience

Hormones that are released during hunger affect decision making

Never make a decision when you are hungry. The hormone ghrelin - that is released before meals and known to increase appetite - has a negative effect on both decision making and impulse control. Such were the results of a ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Gratitude—'A vaccine against impulsiveness'

What small thing are you grateful for today? Me? I am grateful that David DeSteno, professor of psychology in the College of Science, agreed to postpone our interview on Tuesday about his new paper because I wasn't feeling ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Oxytocin nasal spray improves self-control in overweight men

A single dose of oxytocin nasal spray, known to reduce food intake, decreases impulsive behavior in overweight and obese men, according to a preliminary study to be presented Saturday at the Endocrine Society's 98th annual ...

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