Nausea in Bulimic Women in Response to a Palatable Food

Darla J. Broberg, Daniel M. Dorsa, Ilene L. Bernstein

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Nausea in response to an appetizing food stimulus was assessed in bulimic women and healthy control subjects. Nausea was assessed via subjects' self-report and changes in levels of plasma arginine vasopressin (AVP), a hormonal correlate of nausea. Converging evidence was obtained indicating that bulimic women experienced nausea in response to the sight, smell, or taste of the palatable food stimulus. The possibility that the observed nausea is a learned response that may contribute to the bulimic binge/purge pattern is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-188
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Abnormal Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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