Classical Stroop effect in bulimia nervosa

  • S. Guillaume
  • F. Van den Eynde
  • N. Samarawickrema
  • H. Broadbent
  • E. Goodman-Smith
  • U. Schmidt
Brief Report


Bulimia nervosa (BN) is a distressing condition. Its pathogenesis is not fully understood. Neurocognitive functioning, and particularly inhibitory control, is a potential biomarker that may improve our understanding of BN. A few small-scale studies have used the classical Stroop Colour Word Test (SCWT) in BN with contradictory findings. We examined SCWT performance in a large sample of people with BN (N=72), eating disorder not otherwise specified — bulimic type (N=43) and healthy controls (N=50). The results found no difference between groups on Stroop interference effect. These findings question the utility of the classical SCWT as an assessment tool in examining executive functioning in BN.


Eating disorders neuropsychology neurocognition inhibition Stroop interference 


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© Editrice Kurtis 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Guillaume
    • 1
    • 2
  • F. Van den Eynde
    • 1
  • N. Samarawickrema
    • 1
  • H. Broadbent
    • 1
  • E. Goodman-Smith
    • 1
  • U. Schmidt
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Psychiatry, Department of Psychological Medicine, Section of Eating DisordersKing’s College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.CHU de MontpellierUniversité Montpellier I, InsermMontpellierFrance

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