A further assessment of decision-making in anorexia nervosa

Abstract : OBJECTIVE: Anorexia nervosa (AN) may be associated with impaired decision-making. Cognitive processes underlying this impairment remain unclear, mainly because previous assessments of this complex cognitive function were completed with a single test. Furthermore, clinical features such as mood status may impact this association. We aim to further explore the hypothesis of altered decision-making in AN. METHOD: Sixty-three adult women with AN and 49 female controls completed a clinical assessment and were assessed by three tasks related to decision-making [Iowa Gambling Task (IGT), Balloon Analogue Risk Task (BART), Probabilistic Reversal Learning Task (PRLT)]. RESULTS: People with AN had poorer performance on the IGT and made less risky choices on the BART, whereas performances were not different on PRLT. Notably, AN patients with a current major depressive disorder showed similar performance to those with no current major depressive disorder. CONCLUSION: These results tend to confirm an impaired decision making-process in people with AN and suggest that various cognitive processes such as inhibition to risk-taking or intolerance of uncertainty may underlie this condition Furthermore, these impairments seem unrelated to the potential co-occurent major depressive disorders.
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C. Adoue, I. Jaussent, E. Olié, S. Beziat, F. van den Eynde, et al.. A further assessment of decision-making in anorexia nervosa. European Psychiatry, Elsevier, 2015, 30 (1), pp.121-127. ⟨10.1016/j.eurpsy.2014.08.004⟩. ⟨hal-02273048⟩



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