Dr. James E. Cox

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Adjunct Associate Professor, Psychology

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Email: jecox@uab.edu
Office Phone: (205) 934 3850
Fax: (205) 975 6110

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:

Dr. Cox is interested in the physiological controls of food intake and body weight. His animal research has examined effects of gastrointestinal signals, such as the hormones cholecystokinin and peptide YY. The image to the left is an example of an area postrema lesion from a rat that was used in the first study cited below. His studies with obese and normal-weight human participants, done in collaboration with Dr. Rosalyn Weller and Dr. Edwin Cook, are using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate brain systems involved in responses to food cues and in decision making.

Representative Publications:

Stoeckel, L. E., Kim, J., Weller, R. E., Cox, J. E., Cook III, E. W., and Horwitz, B. (2009) Effective connectivity of a reward network in obese women. Brain Research Bulletin 79(6): 388-395.

Stoeckel, L. E., Weller, R. E., Cook III, E. W., Twieg, D. B., Knowlton, R. C., and Cox, J. E. (2008) Widespread reward-system activation in obese women in response to pictures of high-calorie foods. Neuroimage. 41: 636-647

Stoeckel, L. E., Weller, R. E., Giddings, M. and Cox, J. E. (2008) Peptide YY levels are associated with appetite suppression in response to long-chain fatty acids. Physiology and Behavior, 93(1-2): 289-295

Stoeckel, L. E., Weller, R. E., Giddings, M. and Cox, J. E. Peptide YY levels are associated with appetite suppression in response to long-chain fatty acids. Physiology and Behavior, in press. 93: 289-293

Stoeckel, L. E., J.E. Cox, E.W. Cook III, and R.E.Weller (2007). Motivational state modulates the hedonic value of food images differently in men and women. Appetite, 48: 139-44.

Cox, J.E. and A. Randich (2004) Enhancement of feeding suppression by PYY3-36 in rats with area postrema lesions. Peptides, 25: 985-989.