Journal article

Altered reward processing in women recovered from anorexia nervosa

Angela Wagner, Howard Aizenstein, Vijay K Venkatraman, Julie Fudge, J Christopher May, Laura Mazurkewicz, Guido K Frank, Ursula F Bailer, Lorie Fischer, Van Nguyen, Cameron Carter, Karen Putnam, Walter H Kaye

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | AMER PSYCHIATRIC PUBLISHING, INC | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Individuals with anorexia nervosa are known to be ascetic and able to sustain self-denial of food as well as most comforts and pleasures in life. Building on previous findings of altered striatal dopamine binding in anorexia nervosa, the authors sought to assess the response of the anterior ventral striatum to reward and loss in this disorder. METHOD: Striatal responses to a simple monetary reward task were investigated using event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging. To avoid the confounding effects of malnutrition, the authors compared 13 healthy comparison women and 13 women who had recovered from restricting-type anorexia nervosa and had 1 year of normal weight and r..

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