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Reply to: punishing food: what brain activity can tell us about the representation of food in recovered anorexia nervosa

Cowdrey, F. A., Park, R. J., Harmer, C. J. and McCabe, C. (2012) Reply to: punishing food: what brain activity can tell us about the representation of food in recovered anorexia nervosa. Biological Psychiatry, 71 (8). e33. ISSN 0006-3223

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2011.11.008

Abstract/Summary

Eating disorders are characterized by aberrant cognitions and behaviors around food. We used a novel functional magnetic resonance imaging task in a sample of recovered anorexia nervosa subjects to study the neural response to both pleasant and aversive food tastes and pictures compared with a group of matched female subjects who had never had the disorder. We report that individuals recovered from anorexia nervosa have an increased neural response to rewarding and aversive food stimuli, in the form of chocolate (e.g., in the ventral striatum) and moldy strawberries (e.g., in the caudate).

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
ID Code:46339
Publisher:Elsevier

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