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Cognitive remediation therapy for eating disorders: Development, refinement and future directions

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K. Tchanturia, J. Lock

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCurrent Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-15131-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-15130-9
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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In this chapter, we aim to address some basic conceptual and practical questions about cognitive remediation therapy (CRT) for eating disorders. We begin by providing an overall historical, conceptual, and theoretical framework for CRT. Next, we discuss the specific indications for how and why CRT might be useful for eating disorders based on existing neuropsychological research evidence. We also provide an overview of the types of tasks and stimuli used in CRT and a general protocol for a manualized version of CRT. In addition, modifications of the adult CRT manual for use with adolescents as well as preliminary acceptability of the approach with this younger age group are described. We also propose various ways to integrate CRT in a variety of inpatient and outpatient programmes. Finally, a discussion of potential future directions in research using the tools of neurocognitive assessment, imaging and treatment research is provided.

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