The science of “hangry”—why some people get grumpy when they’re hungry

Great piece on a what is a new name for an old feeling: hangry (a very useful portmanteau of hungry and angry). This is a feeling I recognise sadly too easily! Glucose-depleted, decision-fatigued, caffeine-deprived frontal lobes are a good model for transient dysexecutive function – especially the emotional dysregulation that can occur. Advertisers have cleverly jumped on this – Snickers use the great catchphrase ‘you’re not you when you’re hungry’. Never, ever have a contentious discussion while hungry and tired!

Author: Shane O'Mara

Neuroscientist, Psychologist, Writer

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