The Hunger Frames

Peggy Policastro (Dining Services)

Can the framing of a situation affect what you eat? What types of environments cue you to eat healthy foods, and what contextual cues lure you into overeating or indulging in junk food? This course explores recent research that shows how redesigning the dining environment can promote healthier eating.  We will meet each week at a different dining setting on campus (e.g., dining commons, take-out line, food truck, Henry’s Diner) to discuss recent studies and observe our dining environments. Combining Chapman’s expertise on the psychology of decision making and Policastro’s expertise in behavioral nutrition, this course highlights new research on how principles from behavioral economics and social psychology can be harnessed to promote healthy eating behavior. Students must be on a meal plan and willing to use seven meal swipes for this course.