Department of Psychiatry – study volunteers | University of Oxford

Department of Psychiatry – study volunteers

A researcher within the Department of Psychiatry is currently seeking female volunteers for two studies. 

Eating concerns and compulsivity

For this study healthy females aged between 18 and 45 years who do not have any current health or psychiatric problems are required. Volunteers should fit into one of three groups:

  • healthy people who have been recovered from anorexia nervosa for over a year
  • those who think a lot about their eating, weight and shape
  • healthy controls – people who do not identify with either of the other two groups

 You will be asked to complete some questionnaires and two computer tasks, which measure behaviour thought to be related to compulsivity. Compulsivity is repetitively performing actions which aren’t rewarding or good for you. We will also non-invasively measure your pupils during one of the tasks.

MRI study: seeking healthy controls and those who have recovered from anorexia nervosa

Healthy female volunteers are required aged between 18 and 40 years who have either previously had anorexia nervosa – but been well for the past year and people to act as healthy controls who have not previously had anorexia. You should not have any current health or psychiatric problems, be pregnant or have had surgery in the past six weeks. Please be aware that certain metallic implants may also disqualify you from participating.

Participants will be scanned in an MRI scanner, which is safe and non-invasive. Most of the scans will simply require you to lie still, but we will also ask you to do a task which measures compulsivity. Compulsivity is repetitively performing actions which aren’t rewarding or good for you.

Next steps

If you are interested in finding out more about participating in either study please email alexandra.pike@psych.ox.ac.uk or call Alex on 01865 618318 for more information – showing interest doesn’t commit you to anything!

You will be compensated for your time if you do decide to take part.