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Patricia Janak

  • Bloomberg Distinguished Professor


  • Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine

Patricia Janak is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor affiliated with the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Department of Neuroscience. Her work has centered on neurons in a part of the brain that her lab has shown to play a significant role in food and drink preferences. Ongoing research into this area of the brain seeks to determine how these neural mechanisms influence addictive behaviors and how external stimuli can trigger relapses for those with substance abuse disorders.

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Brain science
Food thought findings
Published Oct 19, 2018
Study reveals regions of the brain that contributes to decisions about what and how much to eat when several good food options are available

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