Why your brain makes you reach for junk food

Research and Discovery

Will that be a pizza for you or will you go for a salad? Choosing what you eat is not simply a matter of taste, conclude scientists in a new study at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre. As you glance over a menu or peruse the shelves in a supermarket, your brain is making decisions based more on a food’s caloric content.

Helping save the Mi’gmaq language in Listuguj

Notes from the field

Douglas Gordon, an undergraduate linguistics major, spent his past summer in Listuguj, QC aiding the ongoing effort to revitalize the native Mi’gmaq language. He writes about the importance of such efforts and his enlightening experience in Listuguj.

Nobel winner has very fond memories of McGill


Earlier this week, fifty years after completing his Master’s at McGill and beginning his PhD in physiological psychology here, John O’Keefe was named co-winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in medicine. In an exclusive interview with the Reporter, O’Keefe remembers his time at McGill as “an incredibly exciting time.”

Leenders-Cheng vying to be crowned Canada’s Smartest Person


Victoria Leenders-Cheng is one of those people. You know the kind; incredibly accomplished, well rounded and, yes, impossibly nice too. And, for the purposes of this article, it’s important to note that she’s smart. Really smart. So smart, in fact, that she’s vying for the title of Canada’s Smartest Person as one of the contestants on the new CBC program of the same name.

The boys in the band need your votes!


McGill’s very own ‘Busty and the Bass’ has made it into the Top 100 of CBC’s ‘Rock Your Campus’ competition, the search for Canada’s top university band. The boys need your votes to help them win the grand prize: a huge concert put on by CBC on McGill campus.

McGill’s financial situation – October 2014, Q&A


An update on McGill’s financial situation.

Two McGill athletes among CIS Top 8 Academic All-Canadians


Two student-athletes from McGill are among the CIS Top Eight Academic All-Canadians for the 2013-14 season announced Tuesday by Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Representing the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec conference are McGill standouts Mariam Sylla, a basketball player and pharmacology student, as well as Cédric McNicoll, a hockey player and accounting major.

Four Burning Questions for Anne Applebaum, winner of the 2013 Cundill Prize

Four Burning Questions

On Wednesday, Oct. 8, Anne Applebaum, winner of the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature, will deliver the annual Cundill Lecture, True Believers? The Nature of Collaboration and Opposition in Communist Regimes. Applebaum took the time to speak to the Reporter in advance of her visit to McGill.

Coaching tandem of Boies and Hilaire takes over helm of McGill football team


Offensive coordinator Patrick Boies and defensive coordinator Ronald Hilaire – both full-time employees at the University – will lead the McGill Redmen football team as “co-coaches” effective immediately, in light of the recent resignation of head coach Clint Uttley.

McGill sweeps Carleton to clinch CCBA’s North Division pennant


Rob Sedin went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs, as McGill edged Carleton 2-1 to claim a doubleheader sweep at Gary Field in Trudeau Park, Sunday. The two victories clinched first-place in the Canadian Collegiate baseball Association’s Northern Division. It was the third pennant in five years for the Redmen.