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Int J Eat Disord. 2010 May;43(4):289-94. doi: 10.1002/eat.20699.

Altered striatal response to reward in bulimia nervosa after recovery.

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Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

It is possible that disturbances of systems modulating reward may contribute to a vulnerability to develop an eating disorder.

METHOD:

This hypothesis was tested by assessing functional magnetic resonance brain imaging response to a monetary reward task known to activate the anterior ventral striatum (AVS), a region implicated in motivational aspects toward stimuli. To avoid the confounding effects of malnutrition, 10 women who had recovered from bulimia nervosa (BN) were compared with 10 healthy comparison women (CW).

RESULTS:

For the AVS, CW distinguished positive and negative feedback, whereas recovered BN women had similar responses to both conditions. In addition, these groups had similar patterns of findings for the dorsal caudate.

DISCUSSION:

We have previously shown that individuals recovered from anorexia nervosa (AN) also had altered striatal responses and difficulties in differentiating positive and negative feedback. Thus BN and AN individuals may share a difficulty in discriminating the emotional significance of a stimulus.

PMID:
19434606
PMCID:
PMC4286149
DOI:
10.1002/eat.20699
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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