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Date of Award

Summer 2011

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Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Department of Graduate Psychology


Some researchers have suggested that impulsive behavior is a characteristic of disordered eating. Nevertheless, there are relatively few studies that have examined the relation between impulsivity and disordered eating. In the present study, I used a delay-discounting task to measure impulsive behavior in a sample of college women who met the criteria for disordered eating and in a sample of matched controls. On this task, participants completed trials on which they chose between smaller, sooner monetary rewards and larger, later monetary rewards, all of which were hypothetical. I found that women with disordered eating were no more impulsive, on average, than women without disordered eating. Although my results do not support previous research, future researchers may wish to examine whether different types of eating disorders are related to impulsive behavior.

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