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The Impact of Reward Modality on Altered Incentive Processing in Adolescents With Anorexia Nervosa

Biological Psychiatry

Wierenga C, Fennema-Notestine C, & Bischoff-Grethe A.

Anorexia nervosa (AN) is thought to reflect dysregulation of motivational systems contributing to maladaptive behavior such as dietary restriction. While altered reward processing in AN is well-established, it is unknown whether this reflects a general or disorder-specific hedonic reward surfeit and/or altered incentive salience (wanting), or how this relates to appetitive vs aversive outcomes, which could impact problematic approach-avoidance behavior.

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