Exploring the role of cognitive flexibility, rumination and perfectionism in anorexia nervosa

About this study

How we think influences symptoms and our experiences. Cognitive flexibility is the ability to adapt to changes in the environment and/or changing task demands. This project aims to clarify the role of cognitive flexibility in anorexia nervosa. This research will investigate the role of cognitive flexibility and related processes in the maintenance of disordered eating symptoms.

Research TeamAssociate Professor Maja Nedeljkovic, Dr Andrea Phillipou, Ms. Stephanie Miles
InstitutionSwinburne University of Technology
Ethics Approval NumberSHR Project 2019/117
Funding SourcePhD student funding
Project Start Date29 April 2019
Project End Date29 January 2021
ParticipantsWe are seeking participants with a current or past diagnosis of anorexia nervosa, and healthy participants without a diagnosis of an eating disorder. To participate, you need to be over the age of 18, speak fluent English, have no history of a head injury or neurological condition (including epilepsy), and no history of psychosis or psychotic symptoms.
Whats InvolvedIf you chose to participate, you will voluntarily attend Swinburne University of Technology to complete a face-to-face session with Ms Miles. This session will take less than two hours to complete. You will be asked to complete a demographic questionnaire that covers basic demographic information and a brief medical history (including physical measurements, e.g. BMI, body fat percentage). You will have your height taken and will be weighed, however, this information will not be revealed to any participant. Following this, you will be asked to answer questions in a structured diagnostic interview and to complete a range of questionnaires that cover topics such as eating behaviours, body image, mental health, sleeping patterns, perfectionism and cognitive flexibility. You will also complete a short computer-based task.
If you have a current or past diagnosis of anorexia nervosa, will be asked to complete a short interviewing discussing your experiences of cognitive inflexibility in your day-to-day life. This interview will be recorded using an audio recording device.

If you chose to participate, you will receive $25 in recognition of your expenses (time/travel costs) incurred in participation.
LocationSwinburne University of Technology, John St, Hawth
Contact Details

Stephanie Miles: smiles@swin.edu.au

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