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Body schema and self-representation in patients with bulimia nervosa.
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PMID:  20186715     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVE: Neuroimaging evidences in eating disorder (ED) patients document dysfunctional neural activity of the posterior parietal cortex, which is engaged in the representation of body schema. Yet a full neuropsychological investigation of body schema representation in ED patients is lacking. We examined mental imagery and body schema representation in patients with bulimia nervosa (BN) and binge eating disorder (BED).
METHOD: Consecutive samples of 15 BN patients and 15 BED patients were compared with two groups of 15 age-matched controls in tasks requiring body or object mental transformation.
RESULTS: BN, but not BED patients, were selectively impaired in the mental transformation of their own body, although this deficit was not correlated with measures of body dissatisfaction. In contrast, no patient group was impaired in the mental transformation of external objects.
DISCUSSION: Results showed altered self-body representation in BN, but not BED patients, as the neuropsychological consequences of posterior parietal cortex dysfunctions. © 2010 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2011; 44:238-248).
Cosimo Urgesi; Livia Fornasari; Sara De Faccio; Laura Perini; Elisa Mattiussi; Rossana Ciano; Matteo Balestrieri; Franco Fabbro; Paolo Brambilla
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of eating disorders     Volume:  44     ISSN:  1098-108X     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Eat Disord     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8111226     Medline TA:  Int J Eat Disord     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  238-48     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Department of Philosophy, University of Udine, Udine, Italy; Scientific Institute "E. Medea," Udine, Italy.
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