Recognition of Internal states in Eating Disorders

Posted 13/08/2019

What is the purpose of the research?

To investigate how people with Eating Disorders (Anorexia, Bulimia or Binge Eating Disorder) recognise other people’s internal bodily states.

Who can take part?

A female, 18 years old or over. They must have a diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, or Binge Eating Disorder and not have another psychological disorder or condition, except depression or anxiety. You can take part if you have English as your first language.

What does this study involve?

If you decide to take part, you will do a computer task where you see images of people and you will have to decide what body state they are feeling (tired, breathless, full from eating, cold, sick, itchy, or in pain). You will also do a task where you try to feel your own heartbeat while it is recorded from the pulse in your finger. You will also complete five questionnaires about your emotions, understanding of your body states, and eating, and a brief interview about eating. You will be asked questions about your weight, but these will not be compulsory (they can be skipped).

If you choose to take part in this study, the session would take approximately 75 to 90 minutes, travel expenses would be reimbursed and you would be compensated with £30 for your time. The study will take place at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at Denmark Hill (south London), or in Bedford Square in central London.

How can someone take part?

If you would like to take part or would like more information about the study, please contact Chandni Gajperia at