University of Western Australia

Cognitive processing in eating disorders

Chief InvestigatorClosing Date
Laura Dondzilo31 Dec, 2022
Chief InvestigatorLaura Dondzilo
Closing Date31 Dec, 2022

About the research trial

The research aims to better understand cognitive processing of food information in people with and without eating disorders. Specifically, the research seeks to determine the specific cognitive processes that differentiate people with anorexia nervosa and people without an eating disorder.\
If you choose to participate in this study, you will complete the study online at your own convenience.\
You first will be invited to complete questionnaires which ask about basic demographic information, your emotional feelings in general, as well as your tendency to experience eating, body shape, and weight concerns. You will then be invited to complete a couple of computer tasks which will involve making simple decisions. The first task will require you to make decisions about images of various food items, such as deciding whether a food item is tasty or not. The second task will require you to make decisions about images of flowers and objects, such as deciding whether an image is a flower or not. The study will take less than one hour to complete.\
Participants will be given the opportunity to enter a lottery draw to win one of five $100 Coles Myer gift vouchers.

Recruitment details

This research will use a variety of methods for the recruitment of participant volunteers. The following recruitment methods will be employed:\
•       Online research participation platforms that are managed by the University (which includes UWA and Swinburne University)\
•       Flyers distributed around University campus, local clinical services (e.g., Hollywood Private Hospital) and via social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook)\
•       Emails to participant registries (e.g. Body Image Disorders Participant Registry [Swinburne University HREC 2017-136]) and email lists (e.g. Swinburne Anorexia Nervosa (SWAN) email list)\
•       Advertisements through eating disorder organisations (e.g. Butterfly, Eating Disorders Victoria)\
•       Website advertisements (e.g. Swinburne Anorexia Nervosa (SWAN) website)\
Participants who choose to participate in the research programme though any of these methods will be provided with the approved Information form and will be required to provide formal consent prior to recruitment to the research programme.


Laura Dondzilo