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Why study positive emotions in the context of eating disorders?

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Original languageEnglish
Article number537
Number of pages12
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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Experimental research, supported by systematic reviews, establishes that people with eating disorders have emotional difficulties in terms of recognising, regulating and expressing their emotions. These emotional difficulties contribute to poor social functioning and problems with relationships. The existing literature includes a broad range of studies, many of which have utilised self-report measures, but experimental studies of emotions in eating disorders are still limited. The primary aim of this paper is to highlight gaps in the clinical research on emotions in eating disorders, focusing on experimental investigations from our lab and highlighting potentially useful future directions for further basic research and its translation into new developments in treatment and prevention. Recent findings using experimental paradigms to study the expression of emotions along with neuroimaging research exploring differences in facial emotion processing are discussed, and clinical implications are presented.

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