Anorexia Nervosa body Representations, Multisensory Perception & Action


1. Your name, academic institution and contact details

Erika Contini ( and Dr Regine Zopf (
epartment of Cognitive Science, Perception in Action Research Centre, Faculty of Human Sciences, Macquarie University

2. The name of your project and a brief synopsis

Body representations, Multisensory Perception and Action

This study aims to investigate whether people who have suffered from Anorexia Nervosa show differences in mechanisms related to body-ownership compared with people who have never suffered from an Eating Disorder. These differences may play a role in the development and maintenance of Eating Disorders. 

The study session will take about 2.5 hours to complete. It will involve viewing an artificial hand, as well as brief touches (e.g. using a brush) presented to your hand. You will also be asked to reach and touch visual targets on a touch screen. Furthermore, we may measure the body temperature on your hand and your heart beat. In addition, we will measure your current weight and height. 

The study will take place at Macquarie University and you will receive $50 for your research participation. Your decision of whether or not to participate in this research is entirely voluntary. If you decide to participate, you are free to withdraw at any time.

3. Recruitment details – who are you looking for

We are inviting individuals to participate in this study who have previously been diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa and are now recovering. Specifically, we are looking for individuals who have not engaged in any active Eating Disorder behaviour for at least one year and who currently have a BMI > 20. 

If you would like to find out more information or to volunteer, please contact the project coordinator per email:

4. Human Research Ethics Approval Number

This project has been reviewed and approved by the Macquarie University Human Research Ethics Committee (Reference No: 5201200884). If you have any complaints or reservations about any ethical aspect of your participation in this research, you may contact the Committee through the Director, Research Ethics (telephone (02) 9850 7854; email Any complaint you make will be treated in confidence and investigated, and you will be informed of the outcome.

5. Opening and closing date for recruitment

July 2014 to 31st December 2014