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The perception of time is underestimated in adolescents with anorexia nervosa


Vicario, CM and Felmingham, K, The perception of time is underestimated in adolescents with anorexia nervosa, Frontiers in Psychiatry, 9 Article 121. ISSN 1664-0640 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00121


Research has revealed reduced temporal discounting (i.e., increased capacity to delay reward) and altered interoceptive awareness in anorexia nervosa (AN). In line with the research linking temporal underestimation with a reduced tendency to devalue a reward and reduced interoceptive awareness, we tested the hypothesis that time duration might be underestimated in AN. Our findings revealed that patients with AN displayed lower timing accuracy in the form of timing underestimation compared with controls. These results were not predicted by clinical, demographic factors, attention, and working memory performance of the participants. The evidence of a temporal underestimation bias in AN might be clinically relevant to explain their abnormal motivation in pursuing a long-term restrictive diet, in line with the evidence that increasing the subjective temporal proximity of remote future goals can boost motivation and the actual behavior to reach them.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:anorexia nervosa, time processing, time underestimation, long-term restrictive diet, symptomatic trait
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Neurosciences
Research Field:Neurosciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Vicario, CM (Dr Carmelo Vicario)
UTAS Author:Felmingham, K (Professor Kim Felmingham)
ID Code:128256
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2018-09-12
Last Modified:2022-08-23
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