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ICARUS - Cognitive Bias Modification Training and Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in Binge Eating Disorder

Cognitive training programmes and non-invasive brain stimulation techniques have each shown promise in research trials that treat symptoms of eating disorders. This study aims to investigate the feasibility of combining approach bias modification training (ABM) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to treat symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder.

What’s involved?

  • All participants will complete 3 assessment sessions across 7 weeks, comprised of an in-person visit (75 minutes) and online questionnaires to complete at home.
  • Participants in the intervention groups will attend 6 sessions of combined cognitive training and tDCS across 3 weeks.

All parts of this study will be conducted at the IoPPN in Denmark Hill, except for the screening phone call.


We are looking for:

  • Male and female adults aged 18-70
  • Diagnosis of Binge Eating Disorder (assessed at screening)
  • BMI greater than 25 kg/m²
  • No significant/unstable medical or psychiatric disorders needing acute treatment in its own right (e.g., substance dependence, acute suicidality)
  • Individuals without a history of epileptic seizures, stroke, or brain injury, without implanted metal devices in the head, frequent headaches or dizziness
  • Additional excluding criteria may apply


  • London


All participants will receive £60 for completing the 3 assessments, as well as travel exenses (up to £10 per visit) for the 6 intervention sessions once they have completed the study.

Contact information:

For further information, please visit the study website here.

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