Eating disorder symptoms and autobiographical memory bias in an analogue sample

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Cognitive theories hold that dysfunctional cognitive schemas and associated information-processing biases are involved in the maintenance of psychopathology. In eating disorders (ED), these schemas would consist of self-evaluative representations, in which the importance of controlling eating, shape and weight is overrated. We examined whether ED symptoms are associated with a bias towards ED themes in negative self-evaluative autobiographical memories. Undergraduate females (n = 130) retrieved three memories of situations in which they had felt particularly bad about themselves. Prior to retrieval they had completed either an ED-related priming or a control task. Preliminary results suggest that ED symptoms as well ED priming predicted ED-related autobiographical memory. ED-content did not seem to affect mood or self-evaluation in an important way.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 21-Jul-2016
EventInternational Conference on Memory (ICOM6) - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 17-Jul-201622-Jul-2016
Conference number: 6


ConferenceInternational Conference on Memory (ICOM6)
Abbreviated titleICOM
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