Patients with eating disorders (EDs) consistently show specific temperament and personality traits. These characteristics are often already present before the onset of an eating disorder, and persist after recovery, suggesting that these are traits that create a vulnerability for developing an ED. There is growing evidence that EDs result from biological factors combined with psychosocial and environmental triggers. Understanding the different components that can contribute to disrupted eating behavior can help improve therapy options and its effectiveness.
The seminar will explore different topics on the psychobiology of EDs and disrupted eating behavior. Some of these topics are: impact of food rewards on eating behavior, dysregulation of reward and inhibition systems, the role of stress on disordered eating, altered interoceptive awareness, cognitive and emotional deficits. Each student, alone or in group, will present one topic. The seminar is in English, presentations from the students can be done either in English or in German.