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Brain food: Nicole Giuliani looks to the mind to study food choices

For half a decade Nicole Giuliani has worked as a research associate alongside UO brain scientists Elliot Berkman, Phil Fisher and Jennifer Pfeifer in the Department of Psychology. She is now a full-fledged faculty member in the UO's new Health Promotion and Obesity Prevention Initiative.

Her new aim is to map out, through collaborations with her peers, individual- and family-based interventions drawn from her research on basic brain processes and mechanisms that are tied to emotion and self-regulation when it comes to eating decisions.

"I am really interested in figuring out the ways that we can predict actual, real-world behavior using what we've identified in the lab," she said.
 
Staying on at the UO, she added, was an easy decision.

"I have lived in Eugene for five years now, but find myself viewing it with fresh eyes now that I know I will be continuing my career here," said Giuliani, who holds a doctorate from Stanford University. "I appreciate the temperate climate, the delicious food and drink, the lack of traffic and how many fun things there are to do in town with my family."

Read the full story in Around the O.