Paper in European Eating Disorders Review
  • Hatch, A., Madden, S., Kohn, M., Clarke, S., Touyz, S., Williams, L. M. (2010). Anorexia Nervosa: Towards an integrative neuroscience model. European Eating Disorders Review, 18, 165-179.

    We reviewed the evidence for emotion-related disturbances in anorexia nervosa (AN) from behavioural, cognitive, biological and genetic domains of study. These domains were brought together within the framework of an integrative neuroscience model that emphasizes the role of emotion and feeling and their regulation, in brain organization. PsychInfo and Medline searches were performed to identify published peer-reviewed papers on AN within each domain. This review revealed evidence for ‘Emotion’, ‘Thinking and Feeling’ and ‘Self-regulation’ disturbances in AN that span non-conscious to conscious processes. An integrative neuroscience framework was then applied to develop a model of AN, from which hypotheses for empirical investigation are generated. We propose that AN reflects a core disturbance in emotion at the earliest time stage of information processing with subsequent effects on the later stages of thinking, feeling and self-regulation.