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Understanding maladaptive reward memory processes in young people who binge eat

Some people occasionally binge on large volumes of food and feel that they lose control over their eating on these occasions. This can cause negative thoughts and emotions, have unintended health consequences such as weight gain, and can lead to more serious eating disorders like Binge Eating Disorder.

The latest research in psychology and neuroscience suggests that the way people learn about rewards, particularly with regards to food, is an important factor in binge eating. Some people, for instance, find that certain ‘trigger foods’ tend to cause bingeing.

We wish to test this theory directly and assess whether trying to change unhelpful responses to foods might affect bingeing.


We are looking for:

We are looking for healthy men and women, aged 18-24, who binge on food 1+ times per month and experience a sense of loss-of-control when bingeing, but are otherwise generally well.


  • London


You will need to attend 3 sessions at University College London over ~2 weeks, and receive payment of £65, with £5 for each online follow-up, for a total payment of £85.

Contact information:

Contact EMMA for more information. 


Phone: 02076791826

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