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 based in Leipzig and brings together researchers from various disciplines such as neurobiology, psychology, cognitive science, mathematics, and medicine.
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Check out our latest paper (in press) in Physiology & Behavior on retraining automatic action tendencies in obesity by Nora Mehl, Lara Mueller-Wieland, O’Brain alumni David Mathar, and Annette Horstmann. Read more here
The Integrated Research and Treatment Center (IFB) AdiposityDiseases calls for application for an internship (6–8 Weeks). The application’s deadline is May 6th, 2018. Application Call (PDF)
We are very pleased to announce that Maria Poessel and Annette Horstmann, in collaboration with Thomas Hummel (from the Smell and Taste Center), have been awarded a research grant by the Roland Ernst Foundation, worth 108.000 €. We will explore the influence of smell perception on eating behavior in obesity using EEG and fMRI. With this…