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MSc by Research, for Self-funding student - Trialling a novel computerized task to study compulsive eating behaviours

   School of Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience

  Dr Petra Fischer  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

People with binge eating disorder (BED) recurrently experience out-of-control eating episodes that are commonly preceded by stress. This research project sets out to understand to which extent the severity of binge eating can be explained by how well participants perform in a computerized executive control task that requires flexible responding to food stimuli. To study how stress impacts performance, you will develop a protocol to experimentally manipulate stress.

After characterizing the behaviour and refining the task, we will use it to understand whether coordination of neural activity differs between control participants and people with BED. To this end, we will record task-related cortical activity with electroencephalography (EEG) and test whether communication between areas is reduced or less flexible in BED.

You will gain experience in experiment design, EEG data collection and behavioural and EEG data analysis.  

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me () if you would like to discuss this project.

Funding Notes

This project is for students who can fund the project themselves; there is no financial support.
Please apply to the Faculty of Life Sciences, School of Physiology and Pharmacology, selecting the programme 'MSc by Research'
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Boswell, R. G., Potenza, M. N., & Grilo, C. M. (2021). The Neurobiology of Binge-eating Disorder Compared with Obesity: Implications for Differential Therapeutics. Clinical Therapeutics, 43(1), 50–69.
Chami, R., Cardi, V., Lawrence, N., Macdonald, P., Rowlands, K., Hodsoll, J., & Treasure, J. (2020). Targeting binge eating in bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder using inhibitory control training and implementation intentions: A feasibility trial. Psychological Medicine.
İnce, B., Schlatter, J., Max, S., Plewnia, C., Zipfel, S., Giel, K. E., & Schag, K. (2021). Can we change binge eating
behaviour by interventions addressing food-related impulsivity? A systematic review. Journal of Eating
Disorders, 9(1), 1–15.

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