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.
Wir sind immer auf der Suche nach Personen, die an unseren Studien teilnehmen. Sie können unsere Forschung unterstützen, indem Sie sich in unserem Probandenpool anmelden.
If you are looking for a Master Thesis, check out our open position in the field of olfaction. Applications will be received until November, 15th 2018.
We are proud to announce that Annette Horstmann has published an article (in German) in the magazine Spektrum der Wissenschaft, explaining how the brains of people with obesity are different to the brains of people with normal weight — and how that may explain why some people find it hard…
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