Date of Award

Spring 1984

Document Type



Life & Environmental Sciences

First Advisor

John Christenson

Second Advisor

Jean Smith

Third Advisor

Rev. Eugene Peoples


Four patients diagnosed as having anorexia nervosa were compared to eight normal patients using somatosensory evoked potentials in looking for a symptomatic neural component in the metabolic dysfunction. Central conduction time along the spinal cord and peripheral nerve velocity were measured and calculated in each group of patients. Lower means were found in the anorexic in comparison to the normal patients, but the difference was not significant. More testing needs to be done on more patients to insure conclusiveness of the test.