Honors | Food for Thought: The Cognitive Science of Eating (COLL)
S105 | 26945 | Peter Todd


TuTh 11:15am-12:30pm

People spend a lot of time thinking about food – by some estimates -
we make upwards of 200 food-related decisions per day.  But how do
we think about food? What are the ways we make these decisions?
These are the types of questions that cognitive scientists and
psychologists ask about people’s thinking, and in this course, we
will apply the ideas and methods of cognitive science to the domain
of food decisions. We will look at how people learn about different
foods and come to have particular preferences; how we remember what
we’ve eaten and how that influences what we will eat in the future;
how social influences affect our food choices; what factors make us
eat more of less; and how we can influence our own decision making
about food in healthy directions. The course will include weekly
readings and discussions, participation in experiments related to
food choice, writing short critical essays about these, and guest
lectures and visits to IU institutions related to thinking about
food. There will be short class presentations and a written final
exam.