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The perception of time Is underestimated in adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa

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Vicario, CM ORCID: 0000-0001-7557-9078 and Felmingham, K 2018 , 'The perception of time Is underestimated in adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa' , Frontiers in psychiatry , doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00121.

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Abstract

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 Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Vicario, CM and Felmingham, K
Keywords: anorexia nervosa, time processing, time underestimation, long-term restrictive diet, symptomatic trait
Journal or Publication Title: Frontiers in psychiatry
Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
ISSN: 1664-0640
DOI / ID Number: 10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00121
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Copyright 2018 Vicario and Felmingham. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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