Neuropsychological Study of Underweight and 'Weight-Recovered' Anorexia Nervosa Compared with Bulimia Nervosa and Normal Controls

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Bosanac, Peter, Kurlender, Simone, Stojanovska, Lily, Hallam, Karen, Norman, Trevor, McGrath, Caroline, Burrows, Graham, Wesnes, Keith, Manktelow, Tamsin and Olver, James (2007) Neuropsychological Study of Underweight and 'Weight-Recovered' Anorexia Nervosa Compared with Bulimia Nervosa and Normal Controls. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 40 (7). pp. 613-621. ISSN 0276-3478


Objective: To compare executive, memory and visuospatial functioning of DSM-IV anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), and normal controls (NC). Method: A comparison of women involving: (i) 16 AN with body mass indices (BMI) 17.5 kg/m2; (ii) 12 AN with BMI[18.5 kg/m2 for at least 3 months; (iii) 13 BN; and (iv) 16 NC participants was performed with groups of similar age and intelligence. Groups were assessed with EDE-12, MADRS, HAMA, Cognitive Drug Research (CDR) battery, and Bechara tasks. Results: Significant impairments in CDR Power of Attention were present in underweight AN and BN participants. CDR Morse Tapping was significantly impaired in all clinical groups. The BN and weight-recovered AN groups were significantly impaired on CDR immediate word recall. The BN group alone was significantly impaired on CDR delayed word recall. Conclusion: Attentional impairment is similar in AN and BN. Impaired motor tasks in AN persist after ‘‘weight-recovery’’ and are similar to impairments in BN. BN may be discriminated from AN on word recall.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1002/eat.20412
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Subjects Historical > SEO Classification > 8601 Processed Food Products and Beverages (excl. Dairy Products)
Historical > FOR Classification > 1103 Clinical Sciences
Historical > FOR Classification > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Biomedical and Health Sciences
Keywords ResPubID13856, neuropsychological, anorexia, bulimia
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