Thomas, Kai

Thomas, Kai
Start date:
October 2017
Research Topic:
Attentional mechanisms in Anorexia Nervosa
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Dr Ross Vanderwert
Supervising school:
School of Psychology,
Primary funding source:
ESRC

My research aims to understand the neural mechanisms of Anorexia Nervosa (AN) through the use of EEG and behavioural techniques. Previous research has identified impairments in areas of executive functioning, such as set shifting and central coherence (Treasure & Schmidt, 2013). This results in rigid dieting behaviour, obsessive rule following and restricted information processing in AN. This obsessive-compulsive trait mechanism, alongside neuroscience evidence, suggests potential links between anxiety disorders, specifically obsessive-compulsive disorder, and AN through shared attentional deficits.