Special Issue "Diet and Learning"

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2019).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Sibylle Kranz
Guest Editor
University of Virginia, Department of Kinesiology, Curry School of Education, Charlottesville, Virginia USA
Interests: diet quality; childhood nutrition; school feeding; feelings of hunger and fullness; diet and learning; dietary guidance
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Dr. Julia Blodgett
Guest Editor
Department of Human Services, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, USA
Interests: children's cognitive abilities; learning, attention/executive functioning; persistence and efficiency with school tasks; well-being
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Learning is a life-long process. Children are expected to adopt the behaviors acceptable to their social environments and perform increasingly difficult academic skills as they get older. Adults must learn and perform new tasks in their work and ever-changing life environment. While the saying “old dogs can’t learn new tricks” may have been the accepted norm in the past, globalization and continually developing technologic advances mandate that individuals continue to learn new skills even into the advanced years of life. However, many children and adults struggle with learning and one possible contributor to this challenge is likely associated with dietary intake habits. Diets rich in sugar, fat, and sodium but low in dietary fibers, high-quality protein, and essential fatty acids are consumed by children and adults worldwide.

Despite the fact that the adverse effects of the “Western” diet patterns on our physical health, such as metabolic disorders (obesity, diabetes and hypertension) are well known, little is known about the effects of dietary intake patterns on our ability to learn and perform cognitive tasks. It stands to reason that diet affects human’s ability to learn in at least two ways: (1) the physical make-up of the brain matter and (2) the nutrients provided to fuel and support the brain’s processing ability. Other nutritional and non‐nutrient substances in food, such as nutraceuticals, active metabolites, additives, and preservatives, may also have protective or harmful effects on brain function.

The objective of this Special Issue on “Dietary Intake and Learning” is to publish selected papers detailing specific aspects of diet and nutrition and people’s ability to learn and/or perform related tasks. Particularly, papers (reviews, epidemiologic/clinical/experimental studies) examining the role of specific nutrients and non‐nutrient substances present in food on learning in humans are sought.

Dr. Sibylle Kranz
Dr. Julia Blodgett
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Healthy Diets
  • Dietary intake
  • Child Nutrition
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Protein, Dietary Fibers 
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Attention and Executive Functioning
  • Academic Performance/School Achievement
  • On-task behaviors
  • Sugars/Added sugars

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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