Welcome to the O’BRAIN Lab
The O’BRAIN Lab is a group of researchers investigating the interplay between obesity and the brain.
Overweight and obesity rates have risen steadily in recent decades. Although many of us share similar environments, only a few people become obese. How come? In our search for the cause, we are confronted with a complex interplay of many factors: In addition to the environment, behaviour, brain function, and genetic influences determine the decisions we make and thus ultimately also our body weight.
We try to answer fundamental questions about obesity: How does obesity develop? Why is it so hard to resist tempting food? Does our brain determine what and how much we eat? How does our nutrition shape our brain? Do changes within the brain make it so difficult for us to break bad eating habits? Last but not least: How can we help to improve eating habits?
Our team is currently based in two places: Leipzig (Germany) and Helsinki (Finland). We bring together researchers from various disciplines such as neurobiology, psychology, cognitive science, mathematics, and medicine.
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We are proud to present a new paper in our series on the relationship of smell (perception) and obesity. Maria Poessel and colleagues explore how metabolic health status, in particular insulin resistance, may play a key role in the altered perception of smell across a large sample of people with…
On 23rd of July, we had the pleasure of celebrating with Marie Meemken who successfully defended her PhD thesis on implicit and explicit appetitive outcome learning in obesity. We at the O’BRAIN Lab are very proud to see another female scientist emerge from our midst! Well done, Marie!
After months of lockdown and social distancing the team in Leipzig is back at the MPI and testing. An extensive cataloque of hygiene measures has been developed to protect both participants and staff during experiments. Whilst not all methods can be used yet, the O’BRAIN Lab has already tested a…