'La Douce Indifference' and Mood in Anorexia Nervosa: Neuropsychological Correlates

Regina C. Casper, Wendy Heller

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Casper, Regina C. and Wendy Heller: 'La Douce Indifférence' and Mood in Anorexia Nervosa: Neuropsychological Correlates. Prog. Neuro-Psychopharmacol. & Biol. Psychiat. 1991, 15: 15-23. 1. 1. Denial of illness, mood, eating attitudes, and the responses to visual-constructive tasks were assessed in eight right-handed female patients with restricting anorexia nervosa during the acute phase and following weight gain. 2. 2. A lower body weight and more pronounced anorectic symptomatology were associated with increased left hemispheric activation. 3. 3. Weight gain, greater awareness of negative affect, and overestimation of body parts were correlated with an increase in right hemispheric activation. 4. 4. The results suggest a relationship between anorectic symptomatology and asymmetric brain activation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-23
Number of pages9
JournalProgress in Neuropsychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • anorexia nervosa
  • cerebral dominance
  • denial of illness
  • lateralization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Biological Psychiatry

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