Social skills in eating disorders

Posted 06/05/2017

What is the purpose of the research?

Previous research and feedback from people with anorexia have highlighted that social interactions can be an area of difficulty. This study aims to explore the nature of any possible differences in social skills in adult women with anorexia compared to adult women who do not have anorexia.

Who can take part?

Adult females aged 18+ with a current diagnosis of anorexia.

What does the study involve?

We would firstly ask you to complete some computerised questionnaires about social interactions. Next, we would ask you to look at pictures of faces on a computer screen, followed by a video of two people having a conversation. We will then ask you to have a short conversation with a researcher via video conferencing and whilst you do this, we will use a small device to record how you interact with the images and the researcher. We will also ask you to wear a sensor on your arm which measures your heart rate. This lasts about 45 minutes and takes place at Regent’s University London. We will pay you £20 to thank you for your time and help.

How can you take part?

Please contact the researcher Dr Amy Harrison by email at if you would like to take part or find out more.