Investigating cognitive factors related to eating disorders

About this study

Researchers at Swinburne University are looking for people to take part in an online study investigating the role of cognitive flexibility, perfectionism and rumination in eating disorders and disordered eating behaviours. This project aims to clarify the role of various cognitive factors in anorexia nervosa and related disorders. This research will investigate the role of cognitive flexibility and related processes (e.g. rumination, perfectionism, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, and self-efficacy) in the maintenance of disordered eating symptoms. The improved understanding of anorexia nervosa and cognitive factors developed through this research may aid in the development of effective treatments for anorexia nervosa.

Research TeamAssociate Professor Maja Nedeljkovic, Department of Psychological Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology; Dr Andrea Phillipou, Research Fellow, Centre for Mental Health, Swinburne University of Technology; Ms Stephanie Miles, Clinical Associate, Cen
InstitutionSwinburne University of Technology
Ethics Approval Number20221536-9804
Project Start DateJanuary 15, 2020
Project End DateJanuary 15, 2023
ParticipantsWe are looking for people with a current diagnosis of anorexia nervosa to participate. We are also inviting people who are weight restored or recovered from anorexia nervosa to participate.

All participants must be over the age of 18 and fluent in English.
What is InvolvedParticipation involves the completion of an anonymous online survey which takes approximately half an hour.

As part of the study, you will be required to complete several self-report measures, followed by a battery of neuropsychological tests. To complete the neuropsychological tests, you will be required to download a small file onto your computer or smart phone. This file can be deleted after you have completed the study. You will not be required to install any program or software.
Contact Details

Stephanie Miles,

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