Neuropsychological studies in anorexia nervosa
Article first published online: 25 APR 2005
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International Journal of Eating Disorders
Special Issue: Special Issue on Anorexia Nervosa
Volume 37, Issue S1, pages S72–S76, 2005
How to Cite
Tchanturia, K., Campbell, I. C., Morris, R. and Treasure, J. (2005), Neuropsychological studies in anorexia nervosa. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 37: S72–S76. doi: 10.1002/eat.20119
- Issue published online: 25 APR 2005
- Article first published online: 25 APR 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 29 DEC 2004
- anorexia nervosa;
- ecological validity;
- cognitive flexibility
Neuropsychological findings in eating disorders are somewhat inconsistent. This may be because individual studies have used a broad range of tests on relatively small, heterogeneous clinical groups, thus limiting the detection of subtle neuropsychological differences in these patients. Therefore, rather than using broad assessments of a variety of neuropsychological functions, adoption of a more focused, hypothesis-driven approach based on clinical practice is proposed. This will allow more in-depth investigations of targeted functions and will improve the chances of detecting a problem, of exploring its ecologic validity, and of tailoring a treatment. We have demonstrated this approach using our neuropsychological studies of cognitive flexibility in anorexia nervosa (AN). © 2005 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.