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Neuropsychology of eating disorders: 1995–2012

Authors Jáuregui-Lobera I 

Received 13 January 2013

Accepted for publication 13 February 2013

Published 31 March 2013 Volume 2013:9 Pages 415—430


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Ignacio Jáuregui-Lobera

Nutrition and Bromatology, Pablo de Olavide University, Seville, Spain

Abstract: Eating disorders are considered psychiatric pathologies that are characterized by pathological worry related to body shape and weight. The lack of progress in treatment development, at least in part, reflects the fact that little is known about the pathophysiologic mechanisms that account for the development and persistence of eating disorders. The possibility that patients with eating disorders have a dysfunction of the central nervous system has been previously explored; several studies assessing the relationship between cognitive processing and certain eating behaviors have been conducted. These studies aim to achieve a better understanding of the pathophysiology of such diseases. The aim of this study was to review the current state of neuropsychological studies focused on eating disorders. This was done by means of a search process covering three relevant electronic databases, as well as an additional search on references included in the analyzed papers; we also mention other published reviews obtained by handsearching.

Keywords: eating disorders, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, neuropsychology, cognitive performance

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