Disordered Eating Habits, Emotion Regulation, and Theory of Mind in Undergraduate Students

Brianna Borri Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Joel Martin Butler University
Theory of Mind (ToM), the ability to recognize and attribute mental states to oneself and others, has been found to be impaired in a number of different psychological disorders (Bora et al. 2009). Evaluating ToM in a population suffering from eating disorders, however, has proven less consistent; some Anorexia Nervosa patients show ToM deficits compared to healthy controls (Russell et al. 2009) and others perform similarly (Tchanturia et al. 2004). A common consensus not only seems to be lacking within the literature on ToM and Anorexia Nervosa, but within the broader family of eating disorders as well (e.g., Bulimia Nervosa; Medina-Pradas et al. 2012). Furthermore, due to a lack of research, it remains unclear how ToM relates to dysfunctional eating habits that don’t meet the DSM-5 criteria for an eating disorder. The role of emotion regulation (ER) appears promising in accounting for some of these discrepancies. The current thesis looks into the potential mediating factor of emotion regulation skills when attempting to understand the relationship between theory of mind and eating disorder symptomology. Data is currently being entered and analyzed.
Oral Presentation

When & Where

01:30 PM
Gallahue Hall 101