Kyle S. Burger, PhD, MPH, RD
The Neuropsychology of Ingestive Behavior Laboratory led by Kyle Burger focuses on the neural and behavioral underpinnings of habit formation and decision-making processes associated with food choice and eating habits as well as the neurobehavioral consequences of those behaviors, such as weight gain. His lab uses functional MRI where we administer primary reinforcers (in the form of taste) in combination with implicit (eye tracking) and explicit (taste tests, ad lib food consumption) measures of behavior, as well as physiological measures such as appetitive hormones and genetics. Lastly, his lab leverages innovative statistical techniques such as functional connectivity, graph theory and machine learning to better characterize the interpretation of the data collected.
Honors and AwardsJunior Faculty Development Award
2015, University of North Carolina at Chapel HillThe Obesity Society Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award (finalist)
2012, TOSBasic Science Abstract Award for Excellence in Obesity Research