UNIT 8.6B Basic Measures of Food Intake

  1. Paul J. Wellman,
  2. Lance R. McMahon

Published Online: 1 MAY 2001

DOI: 10.1002/0471142301.ns0806bs03

Current Protocols in Neuroscience

Current Protocols in Neuroscience

How to Cite

Wellman, P. J. and McMahon, L. R. 2001. Basic Measures of Food Intake. Current Protocols in Neuroscience. 3:8.6B:8.6B.1–8.6B.8.

Author Information

  1. Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Publication History

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


This unit describes a method for measuring the consumption of a pellet diet during a 30-min testing session conducted during the late portion of the day. The procedure generates reliable and stable baseline measures of feeding, and is appropriate for assessing experimental manipulations that either enhance (e.g., injecting a peptide into the brain) or suppress feeding (e.g., systemic injections of amphetamine).