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Gynäkologische Endokrinologie

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 103–107 | Cite as

Die Selfish-Brain-Theorie

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Zusammenfassung

Die Selfish-Brain-Theorie beschreibt die Fähigkeit des menschlichen Gehirns, die Energieversorgung des Organismus so zu regeln, dass es vorrangig den eigenen, im Vergleich mit anderen Organen hohen Bedarf deckt. Das Gehirn verhält sich insofern „selbstsüchtig“ – egoistisch (engl. „selfish“). Die Selfish-Brain-Theorie liefert u. a. einen neuartigen Erklärungsansatz für die Entstehung von Adipositas. Die Grundlagen der Theorie wurden 1998 gelegt. Interdisziplinäre Forschung konnte die Grundsätze der Theorie inzwischen experimentell bestätigen.

Schlüsselwörter

Adipositas Energiestoffwechsel des Gehirns Sympathisches Nervensystem Hypothalamus-Hypophysen-System Hypophysen-Nebennierenrinden-System 

The Selfish Brain theory

Abstract

The Selfish Brain theory describes the characteristic of the human brain to cover its own, comparably high energy requirements with the utmost of priorities when regulating energy fluxes in the organism. The brain behaves selfishly in this respect. The Selfish Brain theory amongst other things provides a possible explanation for the origin of obesity, the severe and pathological form of being overweight. The basic tenets of the theory were laid in 1998. Interdisciplinary research has been able to reinforce the basics of the theory through experimental research.

Keywords

Obesity Energy metabolism, brain Sympathetic nervous system Hypothalamo-hypophyseal system Pituitary-adrenal system 

Notes

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A. Peters gibt an, dass kein Interessenkonflikt besteht.

Dieser Beitrag beinhaltet keine vom Autor durchgeführten Studien an Menschen oder Tieren.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Klinische Forschergruppe Selfish Brain, Medizinische Klinik 1Universität zu LübeckLübeckDeutschland

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