UNIT 8.6A Overview of Methodological Approaches to the Study of Ingestive Behavior

  1. Bartley G. Hoebel1,
  2. Paul J. Wellman2

Published Online: 1 MAY 2001

DOI: 10.1002/0471142301.ns0806as03

Current Protocols in Neuroscience

Current Protocols in Neuroscience

How to Cite

Hoebel, B. G. and Wellman, P. J. 2001. Overview of Methodological Approaches to the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Current Protocols in Neuroscience. 3:8.6A:8.6A.1–8.6A.5.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

  2. 2

    Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 MAY 2001
  2. Published Print: MAY 1998


Some examples of procedures used by feeding researchers are discussed in this unit and include ablation of neural function; inhibition of behaviors by selective neurotoxins and antisense oligonucleotides; staining of sensory and motor mechanisms; electrical stimulation of the brain; local injection and microdialysis of nutrients, neurotransmitters, and drugs; autoradiography and in situ hybridization of neurotransmitters with their receptors; electrophysiological techniques for multi- and single-unit recording of cells in the hypothalamus; and gene technology using inbred strains of genetically obese mice.