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Breaking down a meal


To decide how much we would like to eat a food item, our brain automatically decomposes it into constituent nutrients. The quantities of the different nutrients are represented in distinct parts of the lateral orbitofrontal cortex and then integrated by the medial orbitofrontal cortex to provide a global value judgment.

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Fig. 1: How the brain transforms perception of food items into willingness to pay.


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Pessiglione, M., Wiehler, A. Breaking down a meal. Nat Neurosci 20, 1659–1660 (2017).

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