Strategic memory in adults with anorexia nervosa: Are there similarities to obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders?

Bonnie J. Sherman, Cary R. Savage, Kamryn T. Eddy, Mark A. Blais, Thilo Deckersbach, Safia C. Jackson, Debra L. Franko, Scott L. Rauch, David B. Herzog

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Abstract

Objective: There is growing interest in the relationship between anorexia nervosa (AN) and obsessive-compulsive (OC) spectrum disorders (e.g., OCD, body dysmorphic disorder [BDD]). Previous neuropsychological investigations of OC spectrum disorders have identified problems with the efficient use of strategy on complex measures of learning and memory. This study evaluated nonverbal strategic memory in AN outpatients using an approach previously applied to OC spectrum disorders. Method: Eighteen patients with AN and 19 healthy control participants completed the Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure Test (RCFT), a widely used measure of nonverbal strategic planning, learning, and memory. Results: Individuals with AN differed significantly from healthy controls in the organizational strategies used to copy the RCFT figure, and they recalled significantly less information on both immediate and delayed testing. Multiple regression analyses indicated that group differences in learning were mediated by copy organizational strategies. Conclusion: These results are identical to study findings in OCD and BDD, indicating important shared neuropsychological features among AN and these OC spectrum disorders. As in OCD and BDD, the essential cognitive deficit in AN was impaired use of organizational strategies, which may inform our understanding of the pathophysiology of AN and potentially offer treatment implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)468-476
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume39
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2006

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Anorexia Nervosa
Body Dysmorphic Disorders
Learning
Healthy Volunteers
Outpatients
Regression Analysis

Keywords

  • Anorexia nervosa, obsessive-compulsive disorder, neuropsycological testing
  • Cognition
  • Learning
  • Memory
  • Organization
  • Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure Test (RCFT)
  • Strategic planning

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Strategic memory in adults with anorexia nervosa : Are there similarities to obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders? / Sherman, Bonnie J.; Savage, Cary R.; Eddy, Kamryn T.; Blais, Mark A.; Deckersbach, Thilo; Jackson, Safia C.; Franko, Debra L.; Rauch, Scott L.; Herzog, David B.

In: International Journal of Eating Disorders, Vol. 39, No. 6, 01.09.2006, p. 468-476.

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Sherman, BJ, Savage, CR, Eddy, KT, Blais, MA, Deckersbach, T, Jackson, SC, Franko, DL, Rauch, SL & Herzog, DB 2006, 'Strategic memory in adults with anorexia nervosa: Are there similarities to obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders?', International Journal of Eating Disorders, vol. 39, no. 6, pp. 468-476. https://doi.org/10.1002/eat.20300
Sherman, Bonnie J. ; Savage, Cary R. ; Eddy, Kamryn T. ; Blais, Mark A. ; Deckersbach, Thilo ; Jackson, Safia C. ; Franko, Debra L. ; Rauch, Scott L. ; Herzog, David B. / Strategic memory in adults with anorexia nervosa : Are there similarities to obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders?. In: International Journal of Eating Disorders. 2006 ; Vol. 39, No. 6. pp. 468-476.
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