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Lauren Godier

BSc (Hons), MSc


DPhil Student

I am a DPhil student in the Department of Psychiatry, investigating compulsivity and habit formation in Anorexia Nervosa. I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at Cardiff University and went on to complete a masters degree in Cognitive Neuropsychology at the University of Essex. My DPhil is funded by the MRC and I am supervised by Dr Rebecca Park. 

My research focuses on the development of well-entrenched compulsive behaviours in Anorexia Nervosa such as relentless self starvation and excessive exercise. Recent theory has suggested that these compulsive behaviours in Anorexia Nervosa may be underpinned by dysregulated habit formation, in which behaviour becomes insensitive to outcome. During my DPhil I aim to investigate this idea further at a behavioural and neural level, as well as develop and validate new research tools to measure compulsivity in eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa. 

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