Blass, Elliott M. Department of Psychology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.
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- Hunger sensations
- Physiological mechanisms
- Blood-sugar level
- Tissue utilization of food
- Feeding termination
- Specific hungers
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A term most commonly used to refer to the subjective feelings that accompany the need for food. Hunger is the craving or desire for food. In addition, the study of the topic of hunger has come to include consideration of the overall control of food intake. More specifically, experimental work on the problem of hunger has been concerned with the sensory cues that give rise to feelings of hunger, the physiological mechanisms that determine when and how much food will be ingested, and the mechanism governing the selection of the food to be eaten. Aspects of appetite regulation by gut–brain peptides are also considered in the study of hunger (see illustration). See also: Brain; Food; Peptide
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