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not that IM worried <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"><br><br>
BUT<br><br><br><br>
two of my housemates are having a weird debate thing.<br><br>
about how the reason you're so hungry during exams is<br><br><br><br>
a) sitting around and noticing it more. and the stress of it all.<br><br><br><br>
b) that your brain is working so hard that you need extra food.<br><br><br><br>
...i personally side with a. coz b just doesn't fit. eehhe<br><br>
what do YOU think?
 

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I would say A as well, although I don't have any scientific information to back this opinion! I know from experience that I get more "hungry" when I just sit around the house than I do when I keep myself occupied all day. And I doubt watching TV or playing computer games are difficult tasks for the brain! Strangely the exception to this rule are exam periods, where even though I just sit at a desk for hours at a time, I don't eat more than usual. But... thinking about it, perhaps it is not <i>that</i> strange, considering my mind is focused on work rather than hunger signals, and that stress does not really make me hungry.<br><br><br><br>
In the end, I guess it just depends on whether or not stress makes you eat...
 

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I would expect that serious stress would burn some extra calories, so eating a little more during exam time is a natural reaction by your body to a stressful situation. Eating a LOT more, on the other hand, is probably just a coping mechanism... one with which I am well acquainted. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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i find that it is a combination of stress, weirder eating patterns (studying more so i'm eating later/earlier/erratically), and lack of sleep during exam periods. when i don't get enough sleep, i'm hungrier
 

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I would say a.<br><br>
While the brain consumes a great deal of energy, much of this is devoted to base-line activities. What more, organized, conceptual activity does not necessarily entail an increase in overall neural firing.<br><br><br><br>
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>>We do burn more calories when studying compared to watching tv tho I don't know if it's a whole lot.>><br><br><br><br>
I wonder if this is reflected by the fact that television viewing typically induces an alpha wave dominant state while studying would very likely be characterized by a beta dominant state.<br><br><br><br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Gnome Chomsky</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
>>We do burn more calories when studying compared to watching tv tho I don't know if it's a whole lot.>><br><br><br><br>
I wonder if this is reflected by the fact that television viewing typically induces an alpha wave dominant state while studying would very likely be characterized by a beta dominant state.<br><br><br><br>
ebola</div>
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That's a very interesting question/idea.
 
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