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Alexandra Pike

BA (Hons), MSc

DPhil Student

My DPhil research is about whether using the neuropsychological construct of ‘compulsivity’ can lead to progress in understanding and treating eating disorders. I use various methodologies including behavioural tasks, event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), resting state MRI, and computational modelling.

My supervisors are Dr Rebecca Park and Professor Phil Cowen. I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology and Philosophy at New College, Oxford and my MSc in Neuroscience is from Merton College, Oxford. I am funded by a Department of Psychiatry Studentship and the MRC.

Currently, I am investigating whether a dietary supplement (N-acetyl cysteine) is able to alter behavioural markers of compulsivity; whether neural differences in those who have recovered from anorexia nervosa are similar to neural differences found in other compulsive disorders; and whether cognitive inflexibility in eating disorders might be related to an inability to pick up on environmental statistics.