Historical Background of Food Scholarship in Psychology and Major Theoretical Approaches in Use

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Psychology and food studies spans virtually every "sub-discipline" of the field. Methodologies vary and the utility of the scholarship spans from cultural and ethnic facets of food experiences to the neuronal level of how our brains respond to specific tastes, smells, and ingredients. Most of the scholarship has focused on a few circumscribed areas, namely eating disorders, obesity, and intake regulation, in addition to a smaller handful of scholarship which has championed the cultural and ethnic facts of the psychology of food. In recent years new work has emerged in clinical, cultural, cognitive, experimental, neuro, and evolutionary psychology.

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Routledge International Handbook Of Food Studies

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