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Sex differences in cerebral responses to images of high versus low-calorie food.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20173665     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Men and women differ in cerebral organization and prevalence rates of eating disorders. However, no studies have yet examined sex differences in cerebral responses to the caloric content of food images. Sixteen healthy adults (eight men; eight women) underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging while viewing images of high-calorie and low-calorie foods. Compared with men, women showed significantly greater activation to calorie-rich foods within dorsolateral, ventrolateral, and ventromedial prefrontal cortex, middle/posterior cingulate, and insula. Men failed to show greater activation in any cortical region compared with women, although amygdala responses were greater in men at a more liberal threshold. When viewing high-calorie food images, women seem more responsive than men within cortical regions involved in behavioral control and self-referential cognition.
William D S Killgore; Deborah A Yurgelun-Todd
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neuroreport     Volume:  21     ISSN:  1473-558X     ISO Abbreviation:  Neuroreport     Publication Date:  2010 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-03-11     Completed Date:  2010-06-11     Revised Date:  2014-09-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9100935     Medline TA:  Neuroreport     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  354-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Brain / physiology*
Brain Mapping
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Middle Aged
Neuropsychological Tests
Photic Stimulation
Recognition (Psychology)
Sex Characteristics*
Visual Perception / physiology*
Grant Support
1R01 DA020269/DA/NIDA NIH HHS; R01 DA020269/DA/NIDA NIH HHS; R01 DA020269-03/DA/NIDA NIH HHS

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