Photo of Stanford student and Stanford Bio-X Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant Victoria Franco.
2020 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Psychology and Spanish
Mentor: Cara Bohon, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

“Neural Correlates of Emotional Regulation and Cognitive Control in Adolescents with Binge-Eating”

While the neural correlates of eating disorders are not yet fully understood, the body of research exploring the relation between patterns of neural structure and the function of binge eating in bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder is growing rapidly. Although the onset of eating disorders is typically during adolescence, there is a lack of research in this subset of the population. Victoria’s research aims to use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) tasks to examine the impact of cognitive control on emotion regulation, investigating the differences in functional connectivity within the prefrontal parietal network between adolescent females engaging in bingeing or purging and healthy controls. By exploring clinical implications and effective emotion regulation strategies, this work hopes to help those suffering from eating disorders.