An Examination of the Ravello Profile--A Neuropsychological Test Battery for Anorexia Nervosa

Eur Eat Disord Rev. 2012 May;20(3):175-81. doi: 10.1002/erv.1160. Epub 2011 Oct 18.


The Ravello Profile test battery was developed to ensure a consistent methodology when researching neuropsychological functioning in anorexia nervosa (AN). To date, 157 patients with AN have been assessed with the full Ravello Profile. The present review is the first study to systematically investigate the tests included in the battery. Fifteen experimental studies, comparing AN patients with healthy control participants on at least one of the Ravello Profile tests, were identified, and effect sizes were calculated. Three of the tests, Verbal Fluency Test (VFT), Rey Complex Figure Test (RCFT) and Trail Making Test (TMT), were meta-analysed, and the pooled standardized effect size was significant for all three tests (0.25, -0.68 and 0.49, respectively). Patients with AN performed significantly better than healthy control participants on assessment of verbal fluency (VFT) and worse on tests of visual memory (RCFT) and set-shifting (TMT). The Ravello Profile test battery appears to consist of tests that are appropriate for assessing characteristic neuropsychological profiles specific in AN.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anorexia Nervosa / diagnosis*
  • Anorexia Nervosa / psychology
  • Humans
  • Neuropsychological Tests*
  • Physical Examination