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The way you look: body dissatisfaction and selective visual attention Seminar

School of Psychology
16:00 - 17:30
7 October 2010
School of Psychology, Room 3095, Shackleton Building (Building 44), University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Barbara Seiter on +44 (0)23 8059 5578 or email .

Event details

Exploring the body image of eating disordered patients is, and how body dissatisfaction can be reduced.

Body dissatisfaction is a core characteristic of eating disorders. The current opinion of eating disorders experts is that the dissatisfaction in eating disorders reflects a disturbed body image. To treat body dissatisfaction, mirror exposure is a frequently used technique. The assumption is that mirror exposure increases satisfaction. Valid experiments testing both assumptions, body dissatisfaction reflecting a body image distortion and mirror exposure being an effective means to improve body satisfaction, are however lacking. In a series of experiments we tried to find out how distorted the body image of eating disordered patients is, and how body dissatisfaction can be reduced. Results will be discussed.

Tea will be served beforehand at 15:45 in room 3096 (iZone room).

Speaker information

Professor Anita Jansen, Faculty of Psychology, Maastricht University, Netherlands. Anita Jansen studied clinical psychology at Utrecht University. She completed her PhD thesis on binge eating at Maastricht University (1990). Since 1999 she has been a full professor in the Faculty of Psychology, Maastricht University. Her research activities cover a broad domain: the primary focus is the experimental study of maintenance mechanisms and vulnerability factors in eating disorders, obesity, dieting disorders and addictive behaviors. A secondary focus is the study of cognitive and behavioral interventions aimed at a reduction of the psychopathology. Source: Maastricht University.

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