Journal article

Emotion Regulation Modulates Dietary Decision-Making via Activity in the Prefrontal-Striatal Valuation System

Carmen Morawetz, David Steyrl, Stella Berboth, Hauke R Heekeren, Stefan Bode

Cerebral Cortex | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2020


The consumption of indulgent, carbohydrate- and fat-rich foods is often used as a strategy to cope with negative affect because they provide immediate self-reward. Such dietary choices, however, can severely affect people's health. One countermeasure could be to improve one's emotion regulation ability. We used functional magnetic resonance imaging to examine the neural activity underlying the downregulation of incidental emotions and its effect on subsequent food choices. We investigated whether emotion regulation leads to healthier food choices and how emotion regulation interacts with the brain's valuation and decision-making circuitry. We found that 1) the downregulation of incidental ne..

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Awarded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Awarded by Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action

Awarded by Australian Research Council Discovery Project

Funding Acknowledgements

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Grant MO 2041/2-1) and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action 795994 to C.M.; Australian Research Council Discovery Project (grant DP160103353 to S.B.). Conflict of Interest: The authors declare that the research was conducted in the absence of any commercial or financial relationships that could be construed as a potential conflict of interest.