Contribute to Anorexia Research
Continued research on eating disorders helps us better understand these complicated illnesses.
The University of California San Diego Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research will be conducting a study focused on physiological responses to sensation and emotion in participants who have struggled with anorexia nervosa. The researchers hope to determine whether there are learning differences in individuals who have had an eating disorder compared to those who have not. They believe that this research could eventually help with the development of better treatments for eating disorders.
Researchers are recruiting women recovered from anorexia nervosa (with no history of bulimia nervosa) between the ages of 18-45 to participate in the research study. Participants must be drug and medicine free for at least 3 months (with the exception of birth control) and free of eating disorder behaviors and symptoms for at least 12 months.
This research study will use Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to assess how the brains of individuals who have recovered from eating disorders may respond differently during tasks related to various sensations. fMRIs use powerful magnetic fields that allow a scanner and a computer to take very detailed pictures of the structure of the brain and brain activation. This study would involve a 4.5-hour commitment, with 2.5 hours in the MRI scanner. During the scan, participants will perform two different tasks: one task would measure attention while hearing a loud noise in the scanner and the other task is an associative learning task that involves determining where to categorize two different photos.