FLARe in AN: Fear Learning in Anorexia Nervosa

Posted 28/02/2019


People differ in how easily they become fearful or worried about things they encounter in daily life, and how long this anxiety lasts for. This study aims to find out whether the different ways people think, act and feel cause them to react differently when facing a challenging situation.

What is the purpose of the research?

The FLARe in AN study aims to examine the process of fear conditioning (fear acquisition/ generalisation/ extinction/ renewal) in individuals with Anorexia Nervosa, and those now recovered from the disorder.

Who can take part?

We want to recruit:

  • Adults (18 years and above) currently living with Anorexia Nervosa – you need to have been clinically diagnosed but can be receiving inpatient or outpatient treatment or not currently receiving any treatment
  • adults (18 years and above) now weight-restored who previously lived (& were diagnosed) with Anorexia Nervosa – you can have a different diagnosis now (e.g. Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder or Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder)
  • People who have never had an eating disorder

What does the study involve?

The whole study takes place online through your mobile phone, so you don't need to travel anywhere.  All you need to do is download an app and it will guide you through the entire process. You decide where and when you want to complete the study – as long as it is a quiet room so that you can concentrate without distraction. You will be able to contact the researcher coordinating the study at any time during your participation, should you have any questions or encounter any issues.

First, you will be asked to complete some questionnaires. There is one question about your current weight but you do not have to answer this to take part.

Following completion of the questionnaires, you will be shown pictures of geometrical shapes on top of a picture background. Some pictures will be accompanied by a loud noise (a scream). Your task is to rate your expectation of hearing the noise when you see different shapes.

The study involves two sessions. The first session will take approximately one hour. The second session needs to be completed the day after and will take around 10 minutes. 

We will reimburse you with a £10 voucher for your time on completion of the study.

How can someone take part?

If you are interested in taking part or have any questions, please email me on ellen.lambert@kcl.ac.uk.