Researchers seeking participants to measure food, mood and mind aspects

1 August 2013

Recent international and Australian studies have shown that nutrition, physical activity and also body weight can influence mood, cognition and mental health.

Researchers at the University of Sydney are conducting a research trial, known as the Food, Mood and Mind Study, which will examine the issue in detail. The team are currently seeking participants to measure the effects of nutrition, physical activity and body weight on mood, cognition and mental health in women.

Dr Helen O'Connor is the chief investigator for the Food, Mood and Mind Study.

"Young women have higher requirements for certain nutrients, particularly iron, which is often under-consumed in the diet," she said.

"Evidence suggests that iron and other nutrients like zinc and omega-3 and also physical activity may be critical for mood and vitality, thinking and problem solving skills."

Participants in the Food, Mood and Mind Study will play brain games while researchers will investigate how diet, activity and body weight influence mood, thoughts and feelings.

To be eligible participants need to be:

  • female, 80kg or higher
  • 18-35 years
  • non-smokers
  • fluent in English.

The study is being conducted at two locations in Sydney, Camperdown and Lidcombe. Eligible participants will need to attend for two testing sessions. Participants will receive reimbursement in the form of a $50 gift card.

For more information on the study contact Rebecca Cook on 0434 362 515 or or visit the Food, Mood and Mind study on Facebook.

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