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Title: Emotional theory of mind in anorexia nervosa : state or trait ?
Author: Oldershaw, Anna Victoria
ISNI:       0000 0004 2724 3037
Awarding Body: King's College London (University of London)
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2009
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This investigation explored social cognition and emotional processing in people with Anorexia Nervosa (AN). Social and emotional processing difficulties are increasingly recognised as maintaining factors for the disorder and as having potential as treatment targets. but as yet the specific foci to target are unknown. In addition, comparisons between AN and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have long been drawn, and have recently been empirically demonstrated in the domains of executive dysfunction and weak central coherence. Assessment of an overlap in the area of poor social cognition that is characteristic of ASD has been neglected to date. Following a systematic review of social cognition research in AN, a battery of tasks was chosen to assess emotion recognition and emotional Theory of Mind (the ability to infer emotion based on context and content: eToM). Poor eToM was observed in people with AN (n=40) relative to those with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (n=45) and healthy controls (HC; n=47). These deficits were similar to those reported in the ASD literature. This finding led to further examination of whether such deficits represented traits or were restricted to the ill state.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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