Neural reactivity to visual food stimuli is reduced in some areas of the brain during evening hours compared to morning hours: an fMRI study in women

@article{Masterson2015NeuralRT,
  title={Neural reactivity to visual food stimuli is reduced in some areas of the brain during evening hours compared to morning hours: an fMRI study in women},
  author={Travis D. Masterson and C. Brock Kirwan and Lance E Davidson and James D. LeCheminant},
  journal={Brain Imaging and Behavior},
  year={2015},
  volume={10},
  pages={68-78}
}
The extent that neural responsiveness to visual food stimuli is influenced by time of day is not well examined. Using a crossover design, 15 healthy women were scanned using fMRI while presented with low- and high-energy pictures of food, once in the morning (6:30–8:30 am) and once in the evening (5:00–7:00 pm). Diets were identical on both days of the fMRI scans and were verified using weighed food records. Visual analog scales were used to record subjective perception of hunger and… CONTINUE READING