Brain imaging of Emotion and Cognition of Adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa

Posted 07/06/2018


We are looking for young females aged 12-25, who have anorexia nervosa or have recovered from anorexia nervosa, to take part in a study investigating brain structure and function in anorexia nervosa. All participants will be reimbursed £40 for their time.

What is the purpose of the research?

We would like to invite you to take part in a multimodal neuroimaging and neuropsychological study to further the understanding of anorexia nervosa in the early stages of illness. Through this research, we are hoping to improve the understanding of processes that underlie the development and progression of anorexia nervosa, and ultimately improve treatments and treatment outcome.

Who can take part?

We are looking for right handed female participants aged 12-25 years old either:

  • with a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa,
  • or recovered from anorexia nervosa

What does the study involve?

The study consists of 2 sessions:

  1. You will be asked to go through an interview and complete some puzzles with the experimenter (~40 min).
  2. You will be asked to complete two computerised tasks and a drawing task. You will also be asked to under go an MRI scan (~2 hours). During the MRI scan you will be asked to complete four brief tasks. The MRI scanner will allow us to study brain structure and function in a non-invasive manner while you complete the tasks.

The two sessions can be scheduled on the same day or on separate days depending on what suits you best.

You will be reimbursed £40 for your time.

How can you take part?

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Felicity Sedgewick ( or Jenni Leppanen ( for further details.