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Today, little is known about how fluctuating blood glucose

levels affect thought functions. X.T. Wang, Ph.D. professor of

psychology at the University of South Dakota, is conducting

research to understand how metabolic processes affect the choices

people make.

Wang’s research is in the areas of behavioral decision making,

risk management and evolutionary psychology. Most recently,

he developed a new theory of risky choice and pioneered work

on decision making. His research identifies a novel link between

blood glucose levels and self-control and valued choices, such

as those between smaller-sooner and larger-later rewards. Along

with behavioral and physiological methods, the research relies

on neuroimaging through collaboration with Lee Baugh, Ph.D.

assistant professor of basic biomedical sciences at USD, who

provides neuroimaging expertise and analysis. The results of

Wang’s research have significant implications. If regulating

blood glucose levels can affect choices, reducing the degree of

fluctuation in blood glucose offers an avenue for intervention

and treatment of some impulsive behaviors, such as those seen

in compulsive and impulsive disorders, anorexia, drug addiction,

and gambling addiction as well as metabolic disorders such

as diabetes.

Wang’s research has been published in various leading

journals in psychology, and he is the editor of the book

Thus Speak

Evolutionary Psychologists.

Wang Studies Blood Glucose

Levels and Behavior

Professor of Psychology X.T. Wang (right) and Lee Baugh, assistant professor of

basic biomedical sciences, use neuroimaging techniques to measure how blood

glucose levels affect decision making.

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