for females ages 18-35 (full criteria)
healthy people welcome
at San Diego, California
study started
estimated completion
Walter Kaye



The purpose of this study is to investigate areas of the brain responsible for self-regulation in adult women who have never had an eating disorder with women who have bulimia nervosa. More specifically, investigators are interested in changes in brain activation (e.g., changes in blood flow and oxygen use) when inhibiting responses and regulating emotions. Data collection will rely on a technology called functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).


Bulimia Nervosa Bulimia fMRI Emotion Regulation Response Inhibition


For females ages 18-35

General Inclusion Criteria:

  • Female
  • Right-handed
  • Between the ages of 18 and 35 years

*For Women with Bulimia Nervosa:

  • Binge eating (i.e., eating a large amount of food while experiencing a sense of loss of control)
  • Purging via self-induced vomiting (other methods may also be endorsed)

General Exclusion Criteria:

  • Current significant medical illness or condition (e.g., diabetes, thyroid disease)
  • Pregnancy, planned pregnancy, or lactation during the study period
  • Non-removable metallic objects in the body


  • UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research
    San Diego California 92121 United States

Lead Scientist

  • Walter Kaye
    Biography Dr. Kaye attended Ohio State Medical School, trained in neurology at the University of Southern California, trained in psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles, did research for 7 years on eating disorders at the National Institute of Mental Health, and was on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh for 20 years until joining UCSD.


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